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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

[It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, sung by Tom Yorke, 1914; as played on a 78]

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Shivering from truck to kelson

“Very slow progress, having re-entered fields of enormous floes. Many over a square mile in area, and with very little open water. All day we have been utilising the ship as a battering-ram. Backing and then full speed ahead at … Continue reading

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The Gipsy Trail

“The white moth to the closing bine, The bee to the opened clover, And the gipsy blood to the gipsy blood Ever the wide world over. Ever the wide world over, lass, Ever the trail held true, Over the world … Continue reading

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Sir Daniel Gooch

“Sir Daniel was the grandson of the other more illustrious Sir Daniel Gooch (1816-1889), the great railway engineer of some considerable genius who designed over 60 different classes of steam locomotives, and was responsible for laying the first ever Trans-Atlantic … Continue reading

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Rasmussen highly excited

“We steamed from Cumberland Bay on 5 December 1914, after bidding adieu to our good friends, and Rasmussen highly excited by drowning his sorrows, accompanied us some distance in his motor launch. Aheading, circling, and sterning it, in a most … Continue reading

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What thoughts are ours…

“What thoughts are ours, setting out thus at such a time, with no chance of news from dear ones at home who are passing through the greatest national crisis of modern times. What may we expect to learn in our … Continue reading

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The Ship of Fools

(1577) We are those fools who could not rest In the dull earth we left behind, But burned with passion for the West And drank a frenzy from its wind; The world where small men live at ease Fades from … Continue reading

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