Ships and boats…

Where to start on a subject like this? There are so many sizes , shapes and usages of ships and boats through the ages. In literature we also find many poems and books, next to several movies and documentaries. Due to all those differences , I will write a few posts on the subject and start with the bigger ones.

The poem “Sea Fever” by the poet John Masefield belongs in this category as well :

“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.”

From the poem “Sea Fever” by John Masefield , 1902

There is also the song “Tijd om te Gaan” ( Time to Go) by the Dutch artist Stef Bos, which is more or less about our earlier days that we would act more as pirates , meaning we would live more out of our feeling rather than out of our common sense . Thus escape the safety of a harbour , to be on our way to unattainable goals. Most of us though have returned to the safety of their harbour and are moored forever .

From here it’s an easy step to the quote :

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.—J. A. Shedd. (J. A. Shedd is an American author who lived from 1859 – 1928)

Have a great day, keep safe ❤

17 Replies to “Ships and boats…”

    1. Thank you, lovely Jane! I always have loved that poem myself too. And you are welcome, my dear friend’it’s my pleasure to share! Much ❤ flowing to you across our Creek too, as ever. ❤ xxx

  1. Francina,

    The ships are so grand. My heart belongs to the sea.
    That quote from Shedd is a truism . I love it!! The Masefield
    poem too.

    Thank you for this treat!

    Sarah

    1. Dear Sarah,

      Thank you! Always wonderful to hear from you 🙂
      I agree with you on the Shedd quote and most certainly on the Masefield poe,.
      Talking about poems, I will post the one of you today!

      Hope all is well with you and your family, my dear friend,
      As ever ❤
      Francina

  2. What can I say, save as an ex sailor from long ago, but not so long that one could ever forget or ever want to… Love that poem “Sea Fever” by the poet John Masefield, 1902.
    Here is a poem from another, said scribbler a.k.a. poet, which is my humble way of responding to your wonderful post, if you should this gesture appropriate…

    “ Men Of The Sea ”
    – obdurate beings –

    On steel hull ships
    In days of old,
    Sail hardened men
    The story told,
    Of rusty hearts
    And tempers short,
    Whose tired grunts
    Would find exhort,
    Spoke fitful streams
    Of words bone thin…

    With guarded eyes
    And gnarled limbs,
    They navigate
    The lonely seas,
    From dust to dawn
    To burn or freeze,
    Despite their brawn
    Will find to cower,
    As Lucifer spawns
    Upon their superstitions…

    In life replete
    With boding myths,
    And nightly demons
    Who so disrupt,
    The tattered dreams
    Said heard compose,
    The damning screams
    Of obdurate beings,
    That be men of the sea!

    © Jean-Jacques Fournier
    written in Vence, Fr. 2002

    1. Thank you, dear Jean Jacques!
      Of course it’s appropriate and appreciated to share your wonderful poem in here .
      That is never a problem. I am happy to hear my post inspired you to do so.

      You and your family take care!
      Francina

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