8/30/2008

A FAREWELL POEM FOR THE QE2



The Great Ship


"In Clydebank the crane jibs are lifting and swinging

In the yard, builders' hammers on steel plates are ringing

All over the hull, welders' torches are glowing

Out on the slipway the great ship is growing

The hull is complete and the launch day is nearing,

Her name is revealed now, as thousands are cheering,
The ritual bottle breaks on her bow plating,

There on the slipway the great ship lies waiting

At first, on the 'ways, she seems doomed to remain there

Then, anxious to leave, as the drag chains restrain her

She enters the water, her proud stern lifting

On Scotland's great river, the great ship is drifting

Silver the moonlight upon the sea flashing

Hard 'gainst her bows the great ocean is crashing

Like great Queens before her, her power is unfailing

'Cross the Atlantic the great ship is sailing

Far to the southwards the war hounds are baying

Already the ships of the task force are sailing

Her country has called, flames of war are igniting,

The great ship responds, and sets sail for the fighting

Decks crowded with troops she comes back to her home port

The soldiers' homecoming, their families to comfort

Wives, sons and daughters, their hearts filled with yearning,

laughing and crying. The great ship's returning

To the fjords of Norway, the warm Caribbean,

To far distant islands, around the Aegean,

Her passengers savour what soon they'll be losing,

On the seas of the world, the great ship is cruising

Regally, stately she moves from the quayside,

Away down the Solent she slips on the ebb tide,

Heart-rending and poignant her siren's last crying,

Her faithful are weeping - the great ship is dying.

Her faithful are weeping - the great ship is dying."


(By Cruachan via the Cruise Critic's QE2 Memory Book)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great blog, I love it!
Keep going.

Dexter said...

Hello Mr. Giner,
Thank you for dropping by my site! Really!. That would be great! How I wish to be there too. I am a seaman by profession and QE2's retirement means she is not meant for me to serve her as her officer in days to come.......
I wish you all the best in your cruise Mr. Giner and I hope you can send me some photos and short stories of your trip too. I will be posting your stories in my site too if you like...You have made the perfect decision to be with QE2 on her last voyage...

Juan Antonio Giner said...

Thank you Dexter for your kind words, and please link anything that you like to your great blog.