Eight Bells: The final watch of 2019

Published on December 22nd, 2019

The ringing of bells at sea signifies the end of one’s watch, with it being a long-held maritime tradition to recognize the passing of a sailor by the ringing of eight bells. Scuttlebutt honors this tradition with 45 published tributes to recognize the contributors in sailing who had their final watch in 2019:

Ron Allatt
Joe Balogh
Paul Bardes
Jack Baxter
Martin Boatman
Michael S. Bruno, Jr
Gary Burrell
Mark Christensen
Robert Munro Clarke
Jay Cook
Michael Deland
Tommy Dickey
Charles Erickson Jr.
Donald M. Green
Peggy Gregory
Chester E. Halpern
Olaf Harken
Tony Hoad
Louie Howland
Tom Hutchinson
Woody Jewett
Eleazor Johnson
Robert Kits van Heyningen
Mark Koetje
Jerome Bedford La Dow
Luigi Lang
Mark Lindsay
James T. Liston
Isabelle Lounsberry
Peter Lundt
Jeff Martin
Richard Matthews
Richard S. McCurdy
Robert Neff
Lowell North
Ed Palm
Faith Paulsen
Sherman Poppen
Bubbles Shattuck
David Storrs
Sandra G. Tartaglino
John Thackray
Will White
Kim Woodhouse
Kinloch Nelson Yellott, III

Gone From My Sight
by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

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