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8 hours ago, Badger Mountain Charlie SASS #43172 said:

That won't float, Joe!  :rolleyes:

Sure it will. :D

 

Pumpkin Races, Elk Grove, CA. 

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@Subdeacon Joe you need one of these on the main mast.

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Maybe it's Van der Decken's ship.

 

Or it could be the J R Morphy

 

Can you see the cargo schooner J. R. Morphy
As she beats to windward
To the leeward of the aged Blackistone Island?
We were standing off the cliffs of Nomini
And I could see
Five sails on her running to the lee


She's a flying jibsail schooner
Close hauled on a starboard tack
One hundred ton of oyster shell a'riding on her back
John Ranier was her captain and she hailed from lower bay
And though the wind was nor'west down
She made good time that day

 

As she beat between Cobb Bar and Blackistone Island
The wind was wailing
Sixty knot and stewing down the old Wicomico
And the old Potomac rose in all her fury
Like a judge and jury
To try the skill of John Ranier's command


You'd a thought he's on a mill pond
The way he trimmed her out
He left the fore and mainsail up
And then he came about
Her bow was driving under
And she dropped six fathoms down
Left her rigging standing
And the crew and captain drowned.

 

We waited out that gale in old Machodoc
My Dad and me
While the J. R. Morphy foundered in the sea
Two days that storm came howling down the river
Then moderated
And the wind came round to blowing light sou'east
We was making headway homeward
And feeling mighty fine
My Dad he held the mainsheet and we left our cares behind
Dad looked across the river
And I saw him set his gaze
I looked where he was peerin'
Through the early mornin' haze.

 

We could see the cargo schooner J. R. Morphy
As she beats to windward
To the leeward of the aged Blackistone Island
We were standing off the cliffs of Nomini
And I could see
Five sails on her running to the lee.

 

She's a flying jibsail schooner
Close hauled on a starboard tack
One hundred ton of oyster shell a' riding on her back
John Ranier is her captain and she hails from lower bay
And when the wind is nor'west down
You can see her sail today.

 

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Alpo, you are a poet aficionado. Who knew.

 

A bit from:

”The Yarn of the Nancy Bell”

by W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert & Sullivan)

 

Oh, I am the Cook,

and the Captain Bold,

and the Mate of the Nancy Brig.

And the Bos’ntite,

and the Midshipmite,

and the Crew of the Captain’s Gig.

 

My Dad would often recite the entire piece at the diner table, until I had it mesmerized.

I’ve thrilled my Grand’s with it a time or two, my Son just shakes his head.

It’s all in good fun it is.

 

If you look it up on YouTube you can find it sung by Bev Pegg.

I can not figure out how to get a link to the video or I’d post it here.

 

CJ

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Not me man. Dramtreeo. Chesapeake bar band, back around 1990, 91 maybe. Look them up on YouTube. Good band. Unfortunately The Ghost Ship Morphy isn't there.

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