Monday, October 18, 2010

My World Tuesday

Pirate Jim
~Shel Silverstein~

"Walk the plank!" says Pirate Jim
"But Captain Jim, I cannot swim."
"Then you must steer us through the gale."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot sail."
"Then down with the galley slaves you go."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot row."
"Then you must be the pirate's clerk."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot work."
"Then a pirate captain you must be."
Thank you Jim, says Captain me."


(Our photos were taken near the Maritime Museum, San Diego - September 2010, in particular the Star of India)

The Star of India is the world's oldest, active sailing ship. She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863. The first name she bore was Euterpe and would remain so until 1901.

She began her sailing life with two near-disastrous voyages to India.
On her first trip she suffered a collision and mutiny. On her second trip a cyclone caught Euterpe in the Bay of Bengal, and with her top masts cut away she barely made port. Shortly afterwards her first sea captain died on board and was buried at sea.

Some interesting facts about her are that she was launched five days before Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, she sailed twenty-one times around the world, she was never fitted with auxiliary power, she went aground in Hawaii, became an American ship by Act of Congress, she was trapped in ice in Alaska and she still sails every November by a volunteer crew.

Years ago, back in the days when we actually lived in San Diego, Gregg and I decided to drive into the city. We noticed quite a crowd of people and standing on my tippy toes I saw Walter Cronkite walk by and watched as he was escorted on board. I am not sure what he was there for but I do remember seeing him on the news that night. If you want to learn more about Walter Cronkite you can click here.

This friendly man gave us a wave after his photo was taken.

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  1. Hehehe! Not too many people I know have a pirate in their world!

    I love Shel Silverstein's poetry, by the way!

  2. What a fun post for the day! And I love your photos -- complete with pirates and a gorgeous ship! And I, too, love Shel Silverstein's poetry! Thanks for sharing the fun! Hope you have a great week!


  3. Great post. I just love sailing ships and this one has been around for a while and has seen a lot.

  4. What a delightful post. Your photos are fabulous - all sunny and they really capture the beauty of the boat and pirate.

  5. I never knew these facts, great post with relevant pictures.

  6. Great p0st,i remember my favorite m0vie master and the c0mmander! weekend getaway @ kenting

  7. Your pictures remind me "Captain Jack Sparrow"! I would love to visit this Museum, very interesting indeed!

  8. Hello Denise
    Catching up with your blog now I'm home - not sure I'll get to read all 7 weeks worth but I'll give it a go lol.
    Love those photos - I really love Tall Ships, old sailing ships or any sort of ship. Whenever we are in England, having rellies in Portsmouth means I can get in a trip to the Dockyard to see the Victory.
    Take care

  9. She is beautiful! Like Cathy, she reminds me of HMS Victory.

  10. very interesting, the photos are so real like in the movie .. hehe

  11. More nice photos from another wonderful trip.

  12. Very nice, Denise. Hard to believe in was built in the 1800s!!! Reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean. Interesting that it went aground in Hawaii.

  13. very cute - does the pirate hat come with the long hair? have a lovely tuesday.

  14. Beautiful My World posting

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  15. That was a very nice poem. I liker that name "Star of India", it conjures up vision of life at sea and treasures of the past. I can imagine that on the vintage sailing ships life was not easy. I liked your information on the ship. I know in Egypt they unearthed a sailing vessel right beside one of the Pyramids and it is in the Cairo museum. Thanks for stopping by, have a nice week.

  16. I love to see the Star of India when I'm in San Diego, and I love to visit San Diego.

    Kay, Alberta

  17. Your photo trips are always wonderful.
    This one was funny too.

  18. Your photos are very interesting and drove me in another time! I sometimes like dreaming with opened eyes. And now I'm travelling in the open sea as a capten on a pirate ship;)

  19. I have always been fascinated by those tall ships. If I lived in different times, I might be too scared to work aboard one, or make a trip across an entire ocean, but they fill me with awe nonetheless.

  20. Denise, cool photos! Love the pirate. Great post of the Star of India>

  21. Love the pirate photos, and Shel Silverstein's sense of humor is second to none. Love it.

  22. I do love Shel Silverstein and that poem is so perfect for those amazing photos!

  23. I love Shel Silverstien's poetry and have for many years. For some reason I see that pirate character heading home at the end of the day and plopping down in front of the TV with his feet on the coffee table and a beer and some pizza while he watches a game on TV. Great photos, thanks for sharing.

  24. What a fun and interesting post. I loved all the information, and that pirate looks like quite the interesting fellow!

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