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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.


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" Fore and Aft "

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Gösta Adrian-Nilsson (Swedish, 1884-1965), Matroser [Sailors]. Oil on panel, 43.5 x 34.5 cm.

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"MR. BLAND AS THE OCEAN KING" — Theatrical illustration from the collection of the New York Public Library.

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" Rita " 

" Rita " 

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" Long Live The Queen "  

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Nautical Decals c.1950s (via)

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" Alpha to Zulu "  …  International Maritime Signal Flags


" Alpha to Zulu "  …  International Maritime Signal Flags


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" A Caravel "  …  Oil,  9” x 12”,  Signed:  Young   [No Date]

Sailor Gil’s Note:  I started my nautical collection at an early age.  In 1958, I was 11 years old and purchased this painting at an estate auction for 50 cents, which is all that I had in my pocket !


" Bernstein’s Fish Grotto "  …  San Francisco Landmark [1907-1981]