“. . . ye sons of bachelors”
Get down your copy of Moby-Dick and read Chapter 22 today, Christmas day. You owe it to your fine self and to fine literature.
The Pequod (Ahab’s ship, natch) embarks on its voyage into history on Christmas morning “never mind how many” long years ago.
Peleg, the pilot who will lead the ship out of the harbor and then depart, urges the crew to get busy with weighing the anchor and calls them “sons of bachelors”, which I take to mean, illegitimate children: bastards.