C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Here’s to the pilot that weathered the storm.


The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.


  • A strong nor’wester’s blowing, Bill!
  • Hark! don’t yet hear it roar now?
  • Lord help ’em, how I pities them
  • Unhappy folks on shore now!
  • William Pitt.

  • Skill’d in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands,
  • And, with his compass, measures seas and lands.
  • Dryden.

  • And as great seamen, using all their wealth
  • And skills in Neptune’s deep invisible paths,
  • In tall ships richly built and ribbed with brass,
  • To put a girdle round about the world.
  • Geo. Chapman.

  • Thou bringest the sailor to his wife,
  • And travell’d men from foreign lands,
  • And letters unto trembling hands;
  • And, thy dark freight, a vanish’d life.
  • Tennyson.

    The royal navy of England has ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.

    Sir Wm. Blackstone.

  • Behold the threaden sails,
  • Borne with the invisible and creeping wind,
  • Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow’d sea,
  • Breasting the lofty surge.
  • Shakespeare.

  • A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
  • A wind that follows fast
  • And fills the white and rustling sails,
  • And bends the gallant mast!
  • And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
  • While, like the eagle free,
  • Away the good ship flies, and leaves
  • Old England in the lee.
  • Allan Cunningham.

  • Speed on the ship;—But let her bear
  • No merchandise of sin,
  • No groaning cargo of despair
  • Her roomy hold within;
  • No Lethean, drug for Eastern lands,
  • Nor poison-draught for ours;
  • But honest fruits of toiling hands
  • And Nature’s sun and showers.
  • Whittier.

  • She comes majestic with her swelling sails,
  • The gallant Ship: along her watery way,
  • Homeward she drives before the favouring gales;
  • Now flirting at their length the streamers play,
  • And now they ripple with the ruffling breeze.
  • Southey.