Ship Quotes

Don’t give up the ship!

He grounds the warship he walks on. (describing the ship’s captain in the grounding of the USS Enterprise in San Francisco Bay)

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir, Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine, With a cargo of ivory, And apes and peacocks, Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine. Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores, With a cargo of diamonds, Emeralds, amythysts, Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold […]

What is a ship but a prison?

A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.

Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.

I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder… Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that. (1906, later he commanded R. M. S. Titanic)

Give me a spirit that on this life’s rough sea Loves t’have his sails filled with a lusty wind, Even till his sail-yards tremble, his masts crack, And his rapt ship run on her side so low That she drinks water, and her keel ploughs air.

He was a sinking ship with no cargo to throw overboard.

So set its Sun in Thee What Day be dark to me – What Distance – far – So I the Ships may see That touch – how seldomly – Thy Shore?