Inspired by Sea Fever

I am lucky enough to have a few paintings of sailing ships – produced by a great-uncle – on my walls. On the back of one is the second verse of the John Masefield poem Sea Fever.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

So this probably inspired a school project for a ditty about what sounds you hear at the seaside.

As the wind whistles through the rope on the boats
and a gull flashes by with a squawk.
The howling waves crash over the beach – Shouting.
Not wanting to talk.

 

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3 Responses to Inspired by Sea Fever

  1. Joe Monaghan says:

    Hi Kevin, now (2018) is it too late to ask about the location of Capt. Gullestad’s grave?
    I searched for it today near Cullenstown Castle, and found a gravestone (not readable except for word “ship”) in a very overgrown part of a wheat field.
    My interest arises from the fact that I know the location of the Hidlefjord/Hildefjord wreck.
    Best regards,
    Joe Monaghan

    • Kevin Peyton says:

      Sure Joe – here is the google map link – it is Sheamogues Cemetery, a very nice little place.

      https://www.google.ie/maps/@52.2307145,-6.7006821,3a,60y,271.76h,85.41t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sceFOnkYWeYBvaby0pWBHJw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

      you might send me on the map location for the headstone you found – didn’t know about that.

      All the best
      Kevin

      • Joe Monaghan says:

        Hello Kevin, very many thanks for that link. I found it today without any difficulty using Lat/Long embedded in link. I immediately spotted Capt. Gullestad’s grave. A beautiful cemetary. It does not identify itself by name. I would never have found it on my own. Strangely a Google search for Sheamogues produced nothing.
        The other burial ground I found, nearly opposite Cullenstown Castle, is located at: 52.2221 N; -6.7154 W. I physically checked its position today using iPhone 7 Maps (Apple Maps); I do not have the expertise to create a link for you. It is very small and 100% overgrown, just 1 grave slab visible (horizontal). From my incomplete knowledge so far, it holds 20 or 22 shipwrecked sailors (incl. 1 passenger) from ship Demerary, wrecked in 1819 on Little Keeragh Is. The (so far illegible) slab appears to be for passenger Hugh Monro Robertson. I took photos of slab with a good SLR and I will attempt to scrutinise it further on my iMac/Photoshop. Hope that helps, and many thanks indeed for Capt Gullestad info.

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