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To the Seas
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;
The wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail 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, 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 trek's over.
-- John Masefield
The sea will grant each man new hope...his sleep bring dreams of home.
-- Larry Ferguson, “The Hunt for Red October”
The photos on this page are from the coastlines, inlets and fjords along the North
Sea, including the countries of Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark and the
Netherlands.  The northern coasts bear the impression of the glaciers that covered
them during the Ice Age.  Fjords and valleys were created by the moving glaciers,
which dragged their way through, cutting and scraping deep trenches in the land,
leaving behind the stunning scenery of the northern North Sea coast.  -- Nancy
It's only fitting that these Shetland ponies should be wearing woolen
sweaters  from the same place that made both pony and wool famous --
the Shetland Islands, sitting at the top of the North Sea.  The Islands are,
also, the place where the Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie originated.
Patience is what the sea teaches.  Patience and faith.
-- Ann Morrow Lindbergh
Some of the shells that wash up on the beach were once very beautiful,
you don't know what kind of journey they had to take to get them in
their fragile shape.  Same with people. -- Linda Gifford
One ship sails east and another west with the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sail and not the gale which determines the way they go.
The winds of the sea are the ways of fate, as we voyage along through life,
'Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal, and not the calm or the strife.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.  -- William Arthur Ward
It's wise not to moor a ship with only one anchor,
or our lives with only one hope.  -- Epictetus
The Orkney Islands contain some of the oldest and best-preserved
Neolithic sites in Europe.  Below, one of four sites that make up "The
Heart of Neolithic Orkney" -- a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I long for the solitude of a sunset at sea, for the motion of my boat and
the beauty of the stars in the evening's last glow.  -- R. C. Gibbons