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.
John Masefield – second verse of Sea Fever.
Approaching Wineglass Bay, Tasmania.
Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.
The Secret of the Sea – verse one – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Entering the Bay
“Wouldst thou,”–so the helmsman answered,
“Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!”
The Secret of the Sea – verse eight – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Close enough for me . . .
Peaceful and calm as we enter the Bay.
Clean, clear water – ‘civilisation’ has yet to arrive.
Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines;–
The Secret of the Sea – verse four – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The entrance through which we passed to enter Wineglass Bay.
Blue on Blue with our wake drifting astern.
At peace with the world – our ship is hardly moving.
We curved through Wineglass Bay, followed by Oyster Bay, and exited via another gap in the coastline.
White caps can be seen as we leave the shelter of the Bay and head out to sea.
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.
The Secret of the Sea – verse ten – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
The final verse of Sea Fever – John Masefield, 1878 – 1967
‘the long trick’s over’ – at sea your watch (time on duty), was sometimes referred to as a ‘trick’. I liked the ‘graveyard’ watch, which was Midnight to 4.00 am and noon to 4.00 pm.
Nice and quiet at night in the middle of an ocean, when you touch the stars, because they were so clear, and so close.