Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Ditty bag

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    Kernersville NC
    Posts
    141
    Thanks (Given)
    0
    Thanks (Received)
    310
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    574

    Default Ditty bag

    DITTY BAG

    I found an ancient ditty bag,
    In a corner of a drawer.
    Containing time worn artifacts,
    Of peacetime and of war.

    There was a weathered salty cap,
    It's badge long turning green.
    And a pack of smokes unopened still,
    From a port he may have been.

    A rigging knife with knotted line,
    Then a needle and a palm.
    A Testament with pages worn,
    Read in tempest or in calm.

    A photo of my mom and dad,
    So tattered and well worn.
    Love letters tied up with a bow,
    Sent home from old Cape Horn.

    Three medals that he rarely wore,
    Won for service out at sea.
    All these treasures from his life,
    Now passed along to me.

    Ian Adrian Millar

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    20,207
    Thanks (Given)
    7041
    Thanks (Received)
    10372
    Likes (Given)
    7830
    Likes (Received)
    16520

    Default Re: Ditty bag

    A poetry fan, so much can be said that means much,
    in words penned, cannot than you enough.

    Keith.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

  3. Likes Doc Vernon, Victoria Moss liked this post
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    Kernersville NC
    Posts
    141
    Thanks (Given)
    0
    Thanks (Received)
    310
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    574

    Default Re: Ditty bag

    Thank you for your comments, always welcome, the appreciation means a lot.

    Ian

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    1,131
    Thanks (Given)
    738
    Thanks (Received)
    1804
    Likes (Given)
    1535
    Likes (Received)
    3355

    Default Re: Ditty bag

    #1.The wording of this poem causes one to create a mental picture of true facts which must have been experienced by thousands of people throughout the country. Well done Ian, I enjoyed reading the true wording of your poem immensely.

    Regards from
    Fouro.

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    W.A.
    Posts
    18,285
    Thanks (Given)
    9967
    Thanks (Received)
    10455
    Likes (Given)
    14642
    Likes (Received)
    54048

    Default Re: Ditty bag

    I am not an avid poem fan, but the couple of lines in John Masefield “ Dirty British Trampship with a smoke stained smokestack ploughing up the channel in the mad March days “ , has always stuck in my mind over the years , and towards the end .... “ if you have you won’t doubt my story, the story I’m trying to tell , of men who leave love, home and comfort, for a glorified bleeding hell.” Most seamen can identify with this , as is most in all of their lifestyle. JS
    PS even though the original wording Is Dirty British Coaster .JS
    Last edited by j.sabourn; 3rd October 2021 at 02:39 AM.
    R575129

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    1,131
    Thanks (Given)
    738
    Thanks (Received)
    1804
    Likes (Given)
    1535
    Likes (Received)
    3355

    Default Re: Ditty bag

    Thinking of Thee.

    Fair thee well, the ship is ready,
    And the breeze is fresh and steady,
    Hands are fast the anchor weighing,
    High in the air the streamer's playing,
    Spread the sails, the waves are swelling,
    Proudly round thy buoyant dwelling,
    Fair thee well and when you're at sea,
    We at home will be thinking of Thee.

    Regards from
    Fouro.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Cheshire
    Posts
    660
    Thanks (Given)
    794
    Thanks (Received)
    1025
    Likes (Given)
    386
    Likes (Received)
    2335

    Default Re: Ditty bag

    My Dad ( Capt W.J. Hartley D.S.C. ) rescued the entire crew of the Norwegian Tanker, 'SOUTH AMERICA' on April 6th 1944. I was in contact for many years with a Radio Officer, Bob Cobb, until his death a couple of years ago . 90 something.
    i made a recording of his rescue. " Whilst aboard the GOODWIN, we were given a little ditty bag with soap, flannel, razor etc. donated by Morrisburg Collegiate Institute, Ontario, via the Navy League of Canada for people who had survived an enemy attack. "1944 BOB COBB AGED 18.jpg1944 bob cobb south america.jpg1944 GOODWIN A.jpg1944 D APRIL SOUTH AMERICAScan_0091.jpg
    Brenda

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •