Hey Captain! What be Skuttlebutt?
Ye know where ye get your daily water from sailor?
The sailor replies, Aye it be that barrel.
Captain, Aye but it is also called a butt!
When we scuttle a ship, what is it we do?
Sailor ponders for a moment and replies, "We Skuttle her filling her bottom full of holes!"
That's correct seaman we put holes in the bottom, replied Captain. Just like the quarter master does with the water butt. When you lads stand around drinking water and spreading news and rumors ye heard while doing it is called skuttlebutt.
Skuttlebutt could be true, or could be a lie.. it is the same gossip we all spread while at the water butt.
Loose lips sink ships... remember that!