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THE COLLIERS LAMENT

Post by Pilot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:34 pm

THE COLLIERS LAMENT
The trip from the Thames to the Tyne: Poem that identified the shoals and lighthouses etc.


First the Dudgeon, then the Spurn,
Flamborough Head is next in turn,
Filey Brigg is drawing nigh,
Scarboro' Castle stands on high,
Whitby Rock lies out to sea,
So steer two points more northerly,
Huntscliff Foot is very high land,
Twenty-five miles from Sunderland.
Hartlepool lies in the bight,
Seaham Harbour is now in sight.
The skipper says if aall gaans weel
We'll be in canny Sheels the neet
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Post by niagraa » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:44 pm

wow, i'm not a seaman or anything, but even I can tell that's a kind of poem for ship navigation in your area, is it completely accurate ?

clever stuff, but I doubt you could pass a navigation test with poetry :)

not these days anyway :)

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Post by Pilot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:01 pm

Yes its accurate it dates back to the days when dozens of ships when back and forth from the North East ports loaded with coal for the power stations of London and the south east of England. Sadly no more.
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Post by sherri » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:42 pm

Pretty useful as a start, back in the day!
I guess a lot of the old poems and old ways are dying out though.

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Post by niagraa » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:41 pm

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Yes its accurate it dates back to the days when dozens of ships when back and forth from the North East ports loaded with coal for the power stations of London and the south east of England. Sadly no more.
radar probably went a long way to close down poetry like this, it really is a brilliant thing when you stop and think about it, using verse to remember navigation points.

then they had sailing by the stars, amazing, ive watched the "pot" here in the southern hemisphere from early night to early morning, virtually goes opposite directions from start to finish sort of thing, how do they know north from south if the heavens keep changing ?

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Post by Pilot » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:24 am

Well my generation were trained in celestial navigation, I sort of pre dated sat navs.
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Post by niagraa » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:41 pm

Pilot wrote:
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Well my generation were trained in celestial navigation, I sort of pre dated sat navs.
were you in charge of the big long sticks to test how deep the water was ?

echo sounders must have been a welcome invention :)

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Post by Pilot » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:03 pm

All the ships i sailed on had echo sounders :-) Gyro compass and radar plus auto steering plus some had unmanned engine room capability but i never sailed with sat nav equipment until i was a pilot and i went to college for a refresher course on it.
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Post by max Headroom » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:03 pm

Pilot wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:03 pm
All the ships i sailed on had echo sounders :-) Gyro compass and radar plus auto steering plus some had unmanned engine room capability but i never sailed with sat nav equipment until i was a pilot and i went to college for a refresher course on it.
Wow interested in the gyno thingy where can I buy one?
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Post by niagraa » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:42 am

Pilot wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:03 pm
All the ships i sailed on had echo sounders :-) Gyro compass and radar plus auto steering plus some had unmanned engine room capability but i never sailed with sat nav equipment until i was a pilot and i went to college for a refresher course on it.
did you ever sail with uncle (durin' the war) albert trotter ?

every ship he served on got sunk, 2 of them in peace time, his crew mates use to shoot albatrosses for luck :)

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Re: THE COLLIERS LAMENT

Post by niagraa » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:45 am

max Headroom wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:03 pm
Pilot wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:03 pm
All the ships i sailed on had echo sounders :-) Gyro compass and radar plus auto steering plus some had unmanned engine room capability but i never sailed with sat nav equipment until i was a pilot and i went to college for a refresher course on it.
Wow interested in the gyno thingy where can I buy one?
gyno.. and echo sounders..

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