All at sea!


I bought a secondhand book from the RNLI shop on the Marina last week and got talking to the lady volunteer in the shop.  Conversation ranged from south facing gardens, looking after ageing parents, to retiring to the sea.

Took the pictures by chance the next day. A lifeboat in action certainly reminds us of RNLI’s important purpose – saving lives at sea!

I bought a few bits and bobs last year to add additional interest to our crackers! This year

these little boats caught my eye – 5 different designs – £1.95 each  – and for a good cause.


Seaman’s church in Dieppe

                Tragedy at sea is a universal theme. There is a church at the top of the hill in Dieppe, off the tourist track, built so that families might have a place to mourn their men lost at sea. It’s full of plaques with messages from loved ones, some for local fisherman others for ships lost in wartime, they all make poignant reading.


For those in peril on the sea.

A second cousin served in the Fleet Air Arm and was awarded medals in bravery. He later emigrated to the US and took my citizenship. In March this year at 92, he felt very honoured to be awarded by the American Navy – ‘Wings of Gold’.

from a certificte also presented to him – Lt. John W Herbert, RNVR, DSC  – having received flight training in the United States to earn his Royal Navy Wings, and subsequently embarked in HMS VICTORIOUS while operating in conjunction with USS SARATOGA in the Pacific Theater during World War ll, and later becoming a citizen of the United States, Commander Naval Air Force Reserve presents you with a set of United States Naval Aviator wings.  BRAVO ZULU  (this means Well Done)  for your efforts in defense of free people everywhere while flying with 896 Squadron Royal Navy


The famous hymn

I’m not religious in any way now, but as a child I loved assembly at school, one of my favourite hymns was the one with the chorus ‘for those in peril on the sea’. Assemblies in those days helped children learn by repetition, introduced poetry within the words, the tunes helping us all along the way.

Just googled it and apparently it is the Naval hymn, no surprise in that I guess, but there is also a wonderful site for its origins.

Extract from the hymn

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

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