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" The Sea-Fairies "  …  Pen and Ink drawing by Warwick Goble


" The Book of Navy Songs "  …  Naval Institute Press, 1987, Paperback Reprint

[Sailor Gil Collection]



 " Candyman " — Christina Aguilera

(Source: frompeacockstoteacups)

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" Island Girl "  

" Island Girl "  

(Source: kitastcyr)

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" Pipe Smoking Sailor Buddies in Hawaii " 

Photo courtesy of “Collection of David Claudon”

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The U.S.S. Constitution  (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (I.e. Fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S.Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.”

Her mission: “To destroy and harass English shipping.”

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England … In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.



" Someone’s In Love !! " 

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" Double Trouble "


c. 1940s

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"The Secret of the Sea " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [1850]

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.

Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!

Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor’s mystic song.

Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines:—

Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,
Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;—

How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,
That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,

Till his soul was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,—
“Helmsman! for the love of heaven,
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!”

“Wouldst thou,”—so the helmsman answered,
“Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!”

In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;

Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.


" Map of The Orient "   …  Drawn by an Asiatic Fleet Sailor [1934]


" Geedunkaroos "  …  Sailors working at the Gedunk


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Montague Dawson (1895-1973), Wind in the Rigging, oil on canvas

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" Chansons de Marins "  …  Cover art for a book of Sea Shanties by Artist:  Pierre Joubert

" Chansons de Marins "  …  Cover art for a book of Sea Shanties by Artist:  Pierre Joubert


"  Kenneth "  …  Watercolor by Albert Wainwright [1938]

"  Kenneth "  …  Watercolor by Albert Wainwright [1938]


" Shipmates — USS Tambor (SS-198) "  … Pearl Harbor, 1944