Songs About Boats

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  1. Tiny Turnip
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    I've just seen your latest post there, Angel. Thankyou. Its great to see the detail and the background. I continue to be in awe of the bravery of people who can function in these conditions, and I'm fascinated by the development of the safety systems to help in these situations. Even if the Captain of the Union Star had accepted the Noord Holland's offer of salvage, the prospect of getting a line across, and then actually making ground in such conditions is hard to imagine.
     
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    A desperately sad New Year's Day,exactly one hundred years ago:

    What is probably the most tragic of maritime accidents to me, the sinking of the Iolaire, occurred on New Years Day, 1919, in the early hours. HMY Iolaire was returning sailors who had fought in the war, to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, after the Armstice, marking the end of WW1 on 11th November 1918. She hit rocks, the Beasts of Holm, just a mile outside Stornoway harbour, and sank, losing 201 of the 283 on board. It is impossible for me to imagine the effect of this on the island. The grief and horror of the loss at this time of year, so close to home, and after the joy and excitement of surviving the war. The total population of the large island at the time would have been around 20000, and to lose 200, on top of war time losses, of the most physically active generation would have had a huge impact on the future of an island where the industries, fishing and crofting (farming) were physical and labour intensive, and the island(s) were already suffering, and continued to suffer long term depopulation.



    An Iolaire
    by
    Isobel Ann Martin and the Stornoway Nicolson Institute choir









    Eilean Froaich, I yearn to see you,

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Through the cries of war I hear you

    Far to the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    Island men i hear them calling

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Killed in vain, I see them falling

    Oh take me west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    Four brutal years were unforgiving

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    By grace of god I was yet living

    And sailing west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    The harbour lights, I see them gleaming

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Nearly home and I am dreaming

    I'm in the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    The Beasts of Holm were dark and savage

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Their scythe of fate would blindly ravage

    Far to the west and world away

    From the futile fields of war.



    New Year of peace would dawn tomorrow

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    From hope and joy to wrenching sorrow

    Far to the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    My lovers kiss, Her arms around me

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    So near, but on the shore she found me

    Far to the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    The morning tide brought home our boys

    They lay among the scattered toys

    Our tears of love and deep relief

    Became the tears of tearing grief.





    From <Skipinnish - The Iolaire Lyrics | Musixmatch https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Skipinnish/The-Iolaire>
     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)


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    Tony Joe White - Tunica Motel

     
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