Sea Fever at Mystic Seaport

Mystic River

Mystic River

I grew up in the Great Lakes region of North America, and I’ve always felt a kinship, a kind of connection to the water.  It seems cities located near lakes, oceans and rivers have their own sort of rhythms.

I came across a poem recently, “Sea Fever,” that sort of captures that feeling I described.

It was written by a John Masefield a long time ago in 1902.  John Masefield was just thirteen when he first went out to sea to train as a sailor.

The poem makes me think of the New England sea ports and towns that hug the coast.  I wanted to share the poem with you.  I took the pictures on a gray day, like the one in poem, at Mystic Seaport, in Connecticut.

Sea Fever by John Masefield

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must 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.

I must 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”

Lighthouse Point

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport

A little bit about Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea.  It’s a 17-acre 19th century coastal village that has one of the largest collections of historic boats and ships in the world.  It has the Charles W. Morgan a wooden whaleship, built in 1841, that some visitors claim is haunted.    People can get a sample seafaring life by seeing, participating in the interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs.

Florence a Dragger

The Mystic Aquarium, which is really the Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration and Immersion Learning, is located in the area has over 30 live exhibits of sea life.  The Institute for Exploration has maps, diagrams, and models from Dr. Robert Ballard, the explorer, who found the wreck of the RMS Titanic.

Shipbuilding Exhibit

Inside a Shanty

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.


Share a thought or a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s