Art Friday: Sailing Ships

by Edward Moran
Art Friday: Sailing Ships

I must go 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 go 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 go 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.

~ By John Masefield ~

(A favourite poem that my mother read to me many times)


Todays art has been selected for Danny who loves his sailing ships.

I do hope you enjoy these paintings.

Montague Dawson (above and below) 

Montague Dawson (above and below) 

Mark Richard Myers
Caspar David Friedrich
Thomas Luny - Warships and a cutter in a heavy swell off Harwich 1818art
Willem van de Velde II
Ivan Aivazovsky, Ship in the Stormy Sea
 Florian Prou
I will leave you with this very clever painting by Robert Gonsalves



  1. The last one is my favourite. I love boats, however not really a fan of all the 'ship' pictures, i guess they are a bit different from 'boats' though!

    1. Master Danny loved these - I think it is a boy thing!!!

  2. These are beautiful images! The poem was one that our sons learned in their homeschool program, and seeing it again brought back such lovely recollections. Thanks for posting.

    1. Its a lovely poem and my mother made it sound moving by the way she read it. So glad you enjoyed these :)

  3. Danny boy DEFINITELY loved these ships!! Especially old ships. :) Thank you for brightening up a little boy's day!!


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