“A Life on the Ocean Wave” ...
|Where the purple splodge is - then starts to turn|
colder (blue) as the Gulf Stream spreads over us
.... is one of the poem-turned-songs that I thought of as I wrote my O post ... it is by Epes Sargent, published in 1838 and set to music by Henry Russell: a very American march, which as many of you will know is the official march of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy ...
Those Ocean Currents by the time they get to our many isled islands have evolved into the Gulf Stream to the west of Ireland continuing as the North Atlantic Current around Great Britain ...
|Nimbus Ozone Brewer-Dobson|
circulation ... please see Wiki!
Large-scale Ocean Currents such as the Gulf Stream can transport floating objects thousands of kilometres and dump them on some distant shore ... or as we know wreak havoc on our shoreline ...
Ozone - on the south coast here, we occasionally, in heat waves, have a ‘layer’ of ozone hanging over us ... probably due to plants absorbing less of it – which leaves the ‘chloriney’ overtones lingering for us to breathe in.
Ozone can be dangerous to the not so healthy or elderly when the weather is hot and maybe partly responsible for the loss of some lives ... it is not a tonic as the Victorians supposed!
Octopus – the common octopus, which in Britain, mostly in the English Channel and south-west waters can grow up to 6 feet across its tentacles – these eight-armed molluscs are considered very intelligent ... they can creep and find their way into anything with those eight appendages!
Old Maid ... the Mya Arenaria - Sand Gaper – is a genus of soft-shell clam and has numerous popular name: “steamers”, “Ipswich clams”, “Essex clams”, “longnecks” ... et al ... they are to be found in tidal mud flats ...
|This is a card, but is also on a book on|
stories from Cornwall, which I used to read
to my mother .. I love this painting:
The Cornish Riviera - part of a Great
Western Railway poster (1928) by
L Burleigh Bruhl (1861-1942)
When I went to Turner and the Sea exhibition out at the Greenwich Maritime Museum I saw a book of poems to celebrate Britain’s maritime heritage “Ode to the Sea” ... and thought what a great little “O” entry ...
It’s a National Trust book and the front cover preface introduces the contents thus:
“As an island nation, Britain’s love affair with the sea is constant.
With this collection of poetry celebrating the nation’s coastline, you can go sailing on all seven seas, meet the magnificent creatures of the deep and discover the flotsam and jetsam of the ocean.
|In the Flotsam and Jetsam section|
a rock pool illustration
Some of our best loved writers, such as John Betjeman, William Shakespeare and Alfred, Lord Tennyson explore life along the shore and below the waves.
Accompanied by wonderful atmospheric illustrations, this anthology of maritime poems is one to treasure.”
|The Under the Sea illustration|
The book is subdivided into five rather nice sections for the range of poems:
· Creatures of the Deep: eg How the Whale Got His Throat – by Rudyard Kipling
· Sailing on the Seven Seas: eg One Who Knows His Sea-Gulls – by Robert P Tristram Coffin
· Stormy Weather: eg Sea Fever – by John Masefield
· Shiver Me Timbers!: eg Under the Surface – by Frances Ridley Havergal
· Flotsam and Jetsam: eg Stately as a Galleon – by Joyce Grenfell (she was a great British comedienne, singer-songwriter- raconteur)
|For some reason this|
is in the Flotsam and
"The Walrus and the
That is O for the organised chaos of the Ocean currents, the opaque gas of Ozone, the octakis octopus, muddy old maids and Old Fisher poems from the Ode to the Sea offering ... from Aspects of British Coasts ...
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