Picture: "Mother Carey and her chickens" by John Gerrard Keulemans, 1877. As late I went a-walking by the sea, I thought I heard men talking, I heard them call to me: "Oh, sorrow take the city streets and the weary city stones, It's time for you to leave them while the strength is in your bones." Ah, shake and wake her, Johnnie, there's the ship for you, Lying in the Royal Roads waiting for her crew, And every brace and backstay is singing soft and low, "Mother Carey wants you and you're all bound to go!" As late I went a-strolling by the shore, And thought of ports I'd like to see I haven't seen before, Across the Strait the lighthouse kept winking fine and free To show me where the road is that leads to open sea. Ah, shake and wake her, Johnnie, yonder where she rides, Lying in the Royal Roads swinging with the tides, Singing with the muttering tides that past her cables flow, "Mother Carey wants you and you're all bound to go!" As late I went a-walking, a-walking by the tide, I thought my love was with me and walking by my side; So kind she did reproach me, so sweet her eyes did shine, Yet could not hold beside her this restless heart of mine. Ah, shake and wake her, Johnnie! . . . don't you hear them calling Out across the Royal Roads and the dusk a-falling! Time and time for me to leave you though I love you so; "Mother Carey wants us and we're all bound to go!" All bound to go, Johnnie, all bound to go, If it's late or early, lad, if you will or no, Sure as sun will rise, Johnnie, sure as tides do flow, When Mother Carey wants us we're all bound to go. This version taken from SONGS & CHANTIES: 1914-1916, edited by Cicely Fox Smith, published by Elkin Mathews, London, UK, © 1919, pp. 100-102.It also appears in her earlier book Sailor Town: Sea Songs and Ballads, Elkin Mathews, 1914 "Mother Carey" as a nautical fantasy character is no benevolent spirit as the poet undoubtedly knew, being familiar with John Masefield's poem "Mother Carey (as told me by the Bo'sun)." Mother Carey in sailor's legends is the wife of Davy Jones and they dwell together under the ocean and call to sailor's in the same way as siren's in order to drown them. This poem was probably composed near the end of her stay in Victoria, British Columbia, when she was apprehensive about the fate of her beloved "shipmate" Dan who was ultimately lost at sea. The "Strait" referred to in the poem is Juan de Fuca and the "lighthouse blinking" is on Race Ledge. Charley Noble © by owner. provided at no charge for educational purposes
Fountain Press produces and publishes a variety of titles relating to maritime heritage and historic ships. We also retail books relating to maritime themes to raise funds for the ongoing upkeep and restoration of MB Fountain Coming Soon! Women on the Water Female captains and boat owners tell the story of their experiences and the history of their beloved vessels. Yarwoods, The Story of a Cheshire Shipyard Fountain was built at WJ Yarwoods in Cheshire in the early 1950s. The shipyard at Yarwoods was active between 1896 and 1966. The company founder, William James Yarwood (1851–1926) served an apprenticeship at an ironfoundry in Northwich. He was appointed as a blacksmith with the River Weaver Navigation. In 1896 he assumed control and renamed the John Thompson shipbuilding business, based on the west bank of the River Weaver near Northwich. Thames Lightermen & Watermen The story of the people who work the Thames is as old as the story of the Thames and London itself. MB Fountain MB Fountain is a unique part of UK heritage included on the Register of National Historic Ships. We follow her story from build to busy working life on the Thames and Medway to her journey as a museumship. If you have a piece of maritime research that you feel may be suitable for publication please do not hesitate to get in touch Get in touch via email or twitter
The Great River Race
The Thames River Race runs 21.6 Miles, from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey. This year's race is on Saturday 3 September. The Great River Race is London's River Marathon, attracting over 330 vessels. The Great River Race appeals to everyone with an interest in the river, from serious athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress, and charity stunts. It's a great fun day out for both competitors and spectators.
Morse code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment. The International Morse Code encodes the ISO basic Latin alphabet, some extra Latin letters, the Arabic numerals and a small set of punctuation and procedural signals (prosigns) as standardized sequences of short and long signals called "dots" and "dashes", or "dits" and "dahs", as in amateur radio practice. Because many non-English natural languages use more than the 26 Roman letters, extensions to the Morse alphabet exist for those languages. Each Morse code symbol represents either a text character (letter or numeral) or a prosign and is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes. The duration of a dash is three times the duration of a dot. Each dot or dash is followed by a short silence, equal to the dot duration. The letters of a word are separated by a space equal to three dots (one dash), and the words are separated by a space equal to seven dots. The dot duration is the basic unit of time measurement in code transmission. To increase the speed of the communication, the code was designed so that the length of each character in Morse varies approximately inversely to its frequency of occurrence in English. Thus the most common letter in English, the letter "E", has the shortest code, a single dot. The signal of SOS - referred to in morse code by three dots, followed by three dashes, followed by three dots (. . . - - - . . .) was selected as the universal distress signal due to it being extremely easy to transmit and stremely easy to recognise. Several mnemnonic devices have come about to help sailors rememnber this sequence - including Save Our Ship, Save Our Souls, and Send Out Succor. But none of these acronyms are the origin of this sequence. Germany introduced the SOS signal on April 01, 1905, and by 1908 it had become the universally accepted signal for a ship in distress. The first ever recorded SOS transmission was by RMS Slavonia, sent out on June 10 1909, and the signal remained the international standard maritime distress signal until 1999, when it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System - which combines satellite, terrestrial and ship-board radio systems. The last significant international use of the SOS signal ended on February 1, 1999
The tale of the Geneva; the Ship who was Lost AND Shipwrecked under two different crew
When the Geneva started taking on water her crew abandoned her and were picked up by a passing brig leaving only the 'poor ships cat to perish'. Another crew deemed her worthy of a salvage attempt and set about bringing her into Glasgow. They were surprisingly successful, given her state, and it seemed they would succeed. However tumultuous storms drove her to the rocks at the Mull o Kintyre and the 'new crew' were lost in full sight of the locals who had assembled to provide assistance, save for one crew member who had clung to a piece of wreckage wood and who, after enduring six hours at risk of being dashed on the rocks himself, took his chance to leap to the land; falling short but being rescued by the local people. Source: Shipwreck and Loss of Four Lives.;The Armagh Guardian, Friday 24 October 1862 Via: http://www.dippam.ac.uk/ied/records/21750 Please note that the above is anecdotal telling of the tale taken from the information included in the Armagh Guardian newspaper report. There are alternative sources that suggest that the ship was called the Genova (out of Geneva) and that the salvage crew were heading for Limerick not Glasgow. Image is for illustrative purposes of a ship of the period and is not the Geneva. Any images/further information regarding the Geneva would be most gratefully received. Further reading: https://canmore.org.uk/site/286216/geneva-mull-of-kintyre-north-channel
The RMS Queen Mary
Queen Mary during the fitting of her main funnels. RMS Queen Mary is an ocean liner, commissioned by the Cunard Line (known at the time as Cunard-White Star Line) and Built by John Brown & Company in Clyde. She was launched on 26 September, 1934. She is currently moored in Long Beach, California, where she acts as a public venue containing a hotel, restaurants, and a museum. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America. Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war. The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. By 1965 the entire Cunard fleet was operating at a loss and they decided to retire and sell the legendary Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.
MV Balmoral is a ferry originally built for the Red Funnel Line by John I Thornycroft Company, and is currently operated by MV Balmoral Fund Ltd. Her principal area of operation is the Bristol Channel, although she also operates day excursions to other parts of the United Kingdom. The Balmoral is included on the National Historic Ships register as part of the National Historic Fleet.
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As 83rd in a long line of royal yachts that stretches back to 1660 and the reign of Charles II, BRITANNIA holds a proud place in British maritime history. Plans to build a new royal yacht to replace the VICTORIA AND ALBERT III began during the reign of King George VI. But The King died in 1952, four months before the keel of the yacht was laid. His daughter, Princess Elizabeth, succeeded him to the throne and the new Queen, together with her husband, Prince Philip, took a guiding hand in the design of the yacht, personally approving plans prepared by Sir Hugh Casson, Consultant Architect and selecting furniture, fabrics and paintings. On April 16 1953, Her Majesty's yacht BRITANNIA rolled down the slipway at John Brown's Clydebank Shipyard, on the start of her long and illustrious career. Commissioned for service in January 1954, BRITANNIA sailed the oceans for 43 years and 334 days. During that time she steamed a total of 1,087,623 nautical miles, carrying The Queen and other members of The Royal Family on 968 official visits and calling at over 600 ports in 135 countries. In June 1994, the Government announced that Her Majesty's yacht BRITANNIA would be taken out of service. On 11 December 1997, BRITANNIA was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base in the presence of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and fourteen senior members of The Royal Family. Some 2,200 past and present royal yacht officers and yachtsmen, together with their families, came to witness the ceremony. Following BRITANNIA's decommissioning, proposals were put forward by cities around the UK, all competing to secure the ship. In April 1998, the Government announced that Edinburgh had been successful in its bid to bring BRITANNIA to the historic port of Leith. It was fitting that at the end of her active life, BRITANNIA should return to Scotland and to a familiar port for her final berth. The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust undertook to preserve this important 20th century icon, in keeping with her former role, and has safeguarded the yacht's place in the nation's heritage for future generations. BRITANNIA is now a five star visitor attraction and one of the UK's premier corporate hospitality venues.
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Find The Sea Families
Find the Sea Families is a new campaign aiming to find sailors' families who have hit hard times. Chief Officer, Deanne Thomas of Sailor’s Children’s Society, one of four charities involved, visited Birmingham and Sandwell to launch the search for seafarers or ex-seafarers, who may qualify for financial help. The search is also focussed in Liverpool, Glasgow and Dover, though any seafaring parent may apply if they feel they qualify for support, regardless of their location. The campaign is funded by Trinity House, which has been looking after seafarers’ interests for 500 years, in partnership with four charities: Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation and the Sailors’ Children’s Society. Each offers different support but, typically, help will be available for buying home computers, tuition fees, school uniforms and caravan holidays, alongside ongoing financial grants. This lasts until the family is again self-sufficient or the children have left full-time education, including university or college. With many inland waterways and canals connecting Birmingham and Sandwell to the sea, numerous people from the area will have had maritime careers, serving in the Royal Navy, the UK fishing fleets, and the Merchant Navy, whether on ferries, tankers, general cargo and cruise ships, pilot boats and tugs, and many may qualify for help. Birmingham’s inland waterways are rarely empty, with boats being used for canal tours, party hire and much more. Workers on any of these vessels may also be entitled to help through the scheme. As we discovered talking to Dave Mumford, a Birmingham Canal Maintenance worker, people were often not aware that help was available, or did not think they would qualify. Though each family is different, it is important that they get in touch and find out if they are entitled to help. That is why we encourage any family who feels they may qualify for our support to contact the Find the Sea Families campaign on 0800 0556558, via Twitter @findtheseafam and Facebook findtheseafamilies, regardless of where they may currently be living.
Alex Hickman, the London Story
From speed boat rides to leisurely day trips or formal evening cruises, The River Thames can offer every type of water-based adventure. Watch and share Pier Manager Alex’s London Story as he proudly tells of his family heritage working on London’s waterways. Let him take you on a journey along the river from Westminster to Greenwich Pier, showcasing this unique perspective of the Capital’s top tourist attractions.
The role of the Merchant Navy in War
David Milloy tells the story of his grandfather's role in the Merchant Navy in WW2 Forgotten sons I never knew my maternal grandfather, but I stand in awe of his bravery. He was born, as the saying goes, with the sea in his blood. But instead of becoming a sailor, he became an engineer and worked in one of the great shipyards of the west coast of Scotland. In due time, he married and had a daughter, my mother. He had most of his life still in front of him when the spectre of world war reared its ugly head in 1939. Mass conscription was hastily introduced and young men from all over the UK were called up for military service. My grandfather, however, was not one of them. As a marine engineer, he worked in a reserved occupation and was exempt from conscription. No one would have criticised my grandfather if he had stayed in his job and saw out the war in relative safety and comfort. After all, his job was an important one – and he was good at it. However, he chose not to do so. In 1940/41, Britain teetered on the brink of defeat. German U-boats prowled the North Atlantic and exacted a heavy toll on the merchant vessels that brought desperately needed food, fuel and arms to Britain. As ships and their crews succumbed to the guns and torpedoes of the Kreigsmarine, the very life-blood of this country was being drained away. It was at this critical juncture that my grandfather, like many other men, stepped forward and volunteered to join the Merchant Navy. He was no fool and must have known that he was trading a safe job for one that would place him in extreme jeopardy. But still he went. Alas, his story would not have a happy ending. On 20th August, 1944, his ship was torpedoed by a U-boat. It sank, but 94 out of the 102 crew members aboard survived. My grandfather was one of the 8 who did not. The sea is his grave. The men of the Merchant Navy played a vital role in keeping this country and its allies fed and armed. They succeeded, but the price was high: over 30,000 Merchant Navy sailors lost their lives in world war 2, a proportionately higher loss rate than any of the British armed forces. There was neither glory nor honours for those who survived the war, only nightmares, sorrow and, in years to come, the cold blade of redundancy. They were the forgotten sons. They are all but gone now, but we can still remember their courage and offer a silent word of thanks. Few, if any, deserve it more than they do. Footnote: Just under 75% of U-boat crewmen were killed. For the most part, they were not fanatical, murdering monsters, just young men sent out to do a terrible job and face a nightmarish death. That is the reality of war. Spare a thought for them, too. More of David's writings here Merchant Navy Day Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat. Merchant Navy Day is on 3rd September each year. Services are held too in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The principal service takes place annually at the national Merchant Navy Memorial in Trinity Square Gardens on Tower Hill in London EC3 on the Sunday immediately following Merchant Navy Day. In the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the three memorials there bear the 35,395 names of those from the First and Second World Wars together with the Falklands Campaign for whom there is no known grave but the sea.
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Sea Serpents and Maritime Monsters Tales of terrible creatures sighted at sea abound, after all "Worse Things Happen at Sea" Hans Egede, who founded Greenland's capital Godthåb, now known as Nuuk, gave one of the oldest descriptions of a sea serpent - commonly believed to have been a giant squid. On 6 July 1734 he wrote that his ship was off the Greenland coast when those on board "saw a most terrible creature, resembling nothing they saw before. The monster lifted its head so high that it seemed to be higher than the crow's nest on the mainmast. The head was small and the body short and wrinkled. The unknown creature was using giant fins which propelled it through the water. Later the sailors saw its tail as well. The monster was longer than our whole ship". The witches who control the wind According to legends witches were believed to be able to control the wind. One method was with the use of three knots tied into a rope, or sometimes into a handkerchief. When the three knots were tied in the proper magical way, the wind was bound up in them. Witches gave, or sometimes sold, these magic knots to sailors to help them experience safe voyages. The release of one knot brought a gentle, southwesterly wind; two knots, a strong north wind; and three knots, a tempest. In the folklore of the Shetland Islands and Scandinavia, some fishermen were said to have commanded the wind this way. The belief in controlling the wind by tying it goes back to the legends of ancient Greece; Odysseus received a bag of wind from Aeolus to help him on his journey.
Key Stage One The marvellous Trinity House has prepared these resources to support Key Stage 1 learning. Work sheets: Sentence MatchingWeather ChartNumber SequencingMatching HabitatsMatching CaptionsFloating and SinkingShape Recognition Videos Games Literacy: Story MakerMaths: Number BalanceScience: Circuit Click here for further educational resources at Trinity House