Well……. What can I say ? We have been to beautiful places , sunshine was greeting us …. And now we’ve arrived in Hartlepool ! I’m sure it has its charms , but shrouded in rain and opposite a rubbish tip , it’s hard to have a Pollyanna moment !
However !! The crew are happy to reach dry land , and they had a great time last night in the bar , at anchor. Whilst the lights of Middlesborough played across the sea , the talent on Lord Nelson gave of their best ! First was the Irish presentation , very lively …. And the delicious Irish whiskey cake , made by someones granny – thank you ! Then an evening of singing , jokes and recitations …a sample of which follows…….
Nellie – our true love
The bright lights of Hartlepool
Along the deck and in the lower mess
But I know , in my sea soaked heart
You will remain faithful to the end
As I turn your helm to the West
And lovingly tweak your dainty rudder.
Chorus ( in 3 languages ):
Oh , Nellie girl , we love you !
You are my hearts desire
You make me sweet
When I haul on your sheets
And each and every day
As I polish your brass
And caress your white skin
I feel your love for me..
So .too, such eternal joy
To pull your heavenly halyards
And raise your arms
To loosen your beloved buntlines
Or tie down your cunning clewes
Oh beautiful mistress of the sea
When may I unfurl your spanker?
And set it so high
Or watch the waters swirl
Along your proud bowsprit …
Take me aft – or where you will..
I am your slave for evermore !