Fishermen

I've crossed the bar at last, mates,
My longest voyage is done;
And I can sit here, peaceful,
And watch th' setting sun
A-smilin' kind of glad like
Upon the waves so free.
My longest voyage is done, mates,
But oh, the heart of me,
Is out where sea meets skyline!
My longest voyage is done. . . .
But - can I sit, in peace, mates,
And watch the settin' sun?

For what's a peaceful life, mates,
When every breeze so free,
When every gale a-blowin',
Brings messages to me?
And is the sky so shinin',
For all it's golden sun,
To one who loves the sea, mates,
And knows his voyage is done?
And, can a year on land, mates,
Match with one day - at sea?
Ah, every wind a-singin'
Brings memory to me!

I've crossed the bar at last, mates,
My longest voyage is past,
And I must watch the sunset,
Must see it fade, at last.
My steps are not so light, mates,
As they were, years ago;
And sometimes, when I'm tired,
My head droops kind of low -
Yet, though I'm old and - weary,
The waves that dance so free,
Keep callin' to my soul, mates,
And thrill the heart of me!

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

1838 - 1912

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm is terrible but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.      Vincent Van Gough

“A poor fisherman who knows the beauties of the misty mornings is much richer than a wealthy man who sleeps till noon in his palace!”

CAPTAIN COBLE
Named by Linda Brash 
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

FISHWIFE

Named by Artist

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

FISHERMAN WITH WOOLLEN HAT
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x12" 
OLD SALT
Named by Derek Lee
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
The Mariner  Ralph Jones POEM

WATCHING THE SWELL

Named by David Anson

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

LOBSTER FISHERMAN - Commission

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

ISSAC

Named by Paula Besford

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

NEWBIGGIN MAN

Named by John Murdie

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

Men of the Sea  Malcolm Barnes POEM

THOUGHTFUL
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

CAPT. MOSES 

Named by John Fisherman

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

WEATHERED BY ROUGH SEAS
Named by Arthur Cole
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

THE END OF THE LINE named by Sterling Belliveau

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12

PREPARING THE LONG LINES

Named by John Storey

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

ISHMAEL

Named by Mission Belle & Craig Beuker

'MATTY' named by Stephen Harding

Charcoal on black card 16x 12

As a young boy I'd go east to a coastal town to visit my grandparents each summer. My great grandfather lived with them. He was about 90 the last time I saw him. He fished inshore from a rowboat all his life. His fingers were permanently crooked from rowing. He also smoked pipe... his tobacco stored in an old trunk in his bedroom. I swear I could smell that sweet odour when I saw that image. Thanks for the flashback. His name was Matthew. Grampa Mat...Matty to his buddies.

CHAMPION MOUSER

named by Lorraine M Wroe

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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