By Alice L. Dana Glenn
With my memory scope before me,
and few words at my command.
I am guided by the pictures
I see painted by your hands.
From colors blended round the world,
and with spirit young and bold,
You splashed across a canvas white--
Pictures navy--blue and gold.
Your eager heart dropt anchor then
To seek its own convoy,
The skipper Myrtle B. gave forth
An answering, "Ship Ahoy!"
Ten sturdy ships you've cast adrift,
To sail our brave and free,
Like cloud-ships on a fallen sky,
Mirrored in a glassy sea.
The Margaret held precident,
Of even keel was she,
With chartered course and sails equipt,
She sailed out gloriously.
Following close upon the waves,
The Alice L. gave S.O.S.,
With mid-night squals and signal flares
That often spoke of deep distress. (Isn't that awful).
Now view yon freighter, Theodore,
Plowing bravely through a foam
Of snowy ribbons 'neath her bows,
Rudder ever turning home.
The Robert H. was sturdy built,
A rough and ready tanker,
She tackled ev'ry obstacle,
Ne'er stopt until she sank her.
Through morning stars and sunsets glow,
Silver compass in the sky,
The Ruth A. proudly set afloat,
And Carried well her mast-held high.
When sister ships were flound'ring near,
The trawler Pauline did her stuff,
Reluctant ever to slow down,
When sailing go a little rough.
Lines submarine, the John Fred'rick
Was kindred of the mighty surge,
When radar warned of danger near
She gave the order to submerge.
The Charles A. Dana sailed her watch,
Gleaming beacon in the night,
With healing on her every deck,
New wisdom spotted on her sight.
A steady faithful carrier,
The Ray D. sailed into view--
With gyro pilot once installed (Betty)
Her course ran straight and true.
The Mark Churchill brought up the rear,
Destined to go far is she.
With one last muster of your pride,
You sent your namesake to the sea.
Though storms have come and beat upon
Each craft both large and small,
Your mar'ner's hands have guided well
All ships at port of call.
And when the final roll is called,
And life's log all complete,
May every chris'ened ship you've launched
Be there to join--The Fleet!