As the above article points out, it is much more common in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Ta ra 'wan, Ieuan "creeky" ab Arthur I have to say that I am sceptical as Haslar is on the Solent so access to the hospital via a creek seems unnecessary.
Daydream in the dessert, with no pressure, that's the way, cause[I'm up the creek]Although I've lost a little ground.[I'm up the creek]I know that time is on my side.[I'm up the creek]Don't you go pull the plug on me.[I'm up the creek]There more than one fish in the sea. I know that I'm up the creek.[I'm up the creek]Without a paddle.[I'm up the creek]But that don't matter at all.[No matter at all]No matter at all.[No matter at all][I'm up the creek]Without a paddle[I'm up the creek]I'm learning to paddle it all, [Don't mention at all][Don't mention at all]paddle it all.[Don't mention at all]oh Hey, hey I'm, up the creek I'm, up the creek[I'm, up the creek] Here I go!
In England it began thus: the king, could not conveniently have a customer and comptroller in every port or haven.
situation they might be ports, yet they are either members of or dependent upon other ports.
They are such, that though possibly for their extent and.
The former sorts are such little inlets of the sea whether within the precinct or extent of a, port or without, which are narrow little passages and have shore on either side of them. breaks of ports, are by a kind of civil denomination such.
But these custom officers were fixed at some eminent port; and the smaller adjacent ports became by that means creeks, or appendants.
In a more popular sense, creek signifies a small stream, less than a river.
A colleague just told me she read in a book that the phrase "up the creek without a paddle" originated in Gosport, where injured soldiers had to go up the creek to get to Hasler hospital. I have also been on guided tours of Haslar, and part of the history is that at its inception sailors were routinely discharged/paid off when a ship was in port and the patients were unusual in being both ashore and receiving naval pay.
It didn't sound very plausible to me, but I found this on it, This saying originates from Gosport England Hasler to be exact its from where injured saliors would be sent up the creek, a river in Hasler and then loaded onto another boat that was on rails and then pulled up to Hasler Hospital (Parts of the rail system are still there) hence the saying UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE. And this link says that the injured could get to the hospital via the creek without breaking quarantine. For this reason naval hospitals were both remote and guarded to prevent wandering; although some cases were medical (the director of Haslar developing the lime juice prevention of Scurvy (he actually used lemons rather than limes, but limes were more readily available from the colonies)) most were surgical.