"Seek and ye shall find", a great pirate once said. The answer to yesterday's Dead Sailors puzzle is eleven.
Immediately after the first syllable in each line (or, in some cases, slightly less than a syllable, but never to begin a line), the numbers one through twelve are phonetically embedded, in reverse order:
Norsed in the high seas,
The ____ sailors caught disease.
Rot mutton made them ill,
Be it looked but looks can kill.
They  and when their feast was through,
'twa taking all but two;
Two urvivors lost at sea,
If seen worse, I lie to thee.
Will tune save their aimless boat?
Boaffirm their faith and hope;
Their mbstones nonetheless will say,
"They  our hearts but lost their way."
The blank is therefore the missing number in the sequence - eleven.
Congratulations to a record 15 solvers: drewdez, keven c, mr customer, j steve, fanerman, berkowit28, josh s, bwrightson, erin, ubragg, danielle, jose, neeebs, llcooll, and rbnlaw. Special kudos to danielle for her first puzzle solve!
Updated puzzle rankings to be posted soon. Next Puzzle: 7am, Thursday, Sept 10, courtesy of PCS middle-third champ UBragg!