An Ode to the Sea

By Abi King | Inspire Me

Jul 02

Ode to the Sea - Boats
Ode to the sea - masts
ode to the sea - wood shavings

An Ode to the Sea

Ode to the sea carpenterThey were men of few words, as so many men are, yet their hands spoke a whole new language. They painted in toytown’s red, white and blue, harnessing the dreams of land-grounded sailors.

They built boats that would never see water, pinned sails that would never feel storms.

They were the men who worked in the Boat Shop. At the Sargeant Brothers Boat Shop.

And their work has travelled far.

A yellowed letter stood framed on the wall, weary from both the heat and humidity. Thank you, it said on behalf of the Queen. The letterhead said HMY Britannia.

Outside the palm leaves rustled in silence. And I sensed the scent of the sea.

Bequia Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines

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Ode to the sea - boat carving

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An ode to the sea - boat


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

JoAnna July 13, 2012

This is beautiful, Abi. Simple, succinct, lovely.

    Abi King July 18, 2012

    Thank you! A bit of an experiment for this blog…

      JoAnna July 18, 2012

      An experiment I’d love to see you repeat! I love the quick vignette ~ a simple snapshot of the moment.

Kirsten Alana July 19, 2012

I grew up inland but very close to a lot of water in the US, and this brings back so many pleasant memories from the early years of my life when I longed for a boat to take me far far away. I still love sailing, the culture, the water…and always will.

What a beautiful photo essay.

    Abi King July 20, 2012

    Thank you. I grew up near the sea and so I always feel a little trapped inland. That love affair hasn’t quite crossed over into boats, though. We have a much more tempestuous relationship!

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