Listener 4417: HMS Arcady by Hedge-sparrow. IP: 184.108.40.206 Posted on October 17, 2016 at 10:44:05 AM by Russ Cook
This started well having solved 1a - removed letter J - John? - title HMS Arcady, don't know what that signifies, but could it be John Masefield's Cargoes? A few more clues solved and it was confirmed.
Thereafter it was a very smooth and enjoyable solve. JM must have had crosswords in mind when he wrote the poem, given the number of 7, 8 and 9-letter items on board.
I never did get the HMS Arcady bit, so thanks Hedge-sparrow for the explanation - devious, but brilliant! Replies: