"when God's burning finger has been laid on the ship; when his 'Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin' has been woven into the shrouds and the cordage."

'Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin' (the handwriting on the wall) is a portent of doom or misfortune originating from the Biblical Book of Daniel in which a supernatural hand writes a mysterious message on the wall in the presence of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, predicting his demise.