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 ❤