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Captian Grant


    This poem is dedicated to Mr.Denis Grant
    my very dear friend from London England
    and his sailing ship the Henriette.
    Coffee and Cognac at 0900 hrs.  

                   Captain Grant

Her name was Henriette he loved her with all his heart
She was lean and sleek and responded to his every whim
Running along the sea shore he knew they would never part
Every time he looked upon her she was always so fit and trim

It was off the coast of France and the English Channel ran mad
Captain Grand stood her deck as sea spray covered his face
The swelling waves spoke of danger but no fear for she was ironclad
She rode the waves up and down like a thoroughbred in a steeplechase

A single mast 38 foot slope cutter sailing in her prime
The crew looked out over the sea and tended to their jobs with ease
For Captain Grant was at the wheel while they towed the line
No fear in the crew for many times they had made these journeys

The Henriette was his love his wonderful love of canvas and wood
That beautiful lady of the calm and sometimes angry deep blue water
So proud she sailed the seas showing off to the world her womanhood
To everyone that glazed on her that image in their minds would always linger

The Henriette is gone now lost to water and the winds of time
The memories of her will never fade for she still lives on
She sails the seas and rides the waves in Captain Grants mind
For there he can stand her deck and cast off lines in the early predawn

                                                                                Edwin J. Smith
                                                                           The Old Cowboy Poet
                                                                                 Dec 2nd 2014

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