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Facts yu don't really need to know about ""The Wreck of the Hesperus""

Friday, August 12, 2011


Some days, I feel like I look like, ""The Wreck of the Hesperus"'!
At least that's what I tell my kids-
They always reply, "'Where did you get that expression Mom?""
Well, I looked it up---LOL--(Useless Facts here --Ha ha!)--
Did you know, it's a colloquial term in the UK and Ireland, meaning, a ""dishevelled appearance""----?-----used more in the '70's-(-Hmm, that's why I know it--Ha Ha--)
Anyway, the story goes, that in Gloucester, Massachusetts, about 1830, in a blizzard, a sea captain, was sailing his vessel with his daughter, who he had taken with him for company. A ""Nor'easter was blowing, and his experienced men warned this proud captain, to head for shore. The captain ignored their advice. (Men eh?)--When the storm started, he was afraid his daughter might be washed over, so this captain, tied the daughter to the mast and thought he could ride the storm out. (Again, --Men!)-
Anyway, the ship crashes into the reef, despite the daughter calling out to her father that she hears waves crashing into the shore. The daughter's body was found the next day by horrified fishermen, still tied to the mast, drifting at sea. The captain was never found and the ship was broken into pieces.
"'The Wreck of the Hesperus""---silly captain, I'd say----but--now you know the origin of this little expression--Ha Ha
Lotza mornings I feel like I look like that wreck---
But-----this morning is good so far--no wreck here yet in my dishevelled appearance---I see fog and rain are going to hit us this morning---Hopefully I can control the ol' mouth---keep it closed more---Some days life is harder than others--LOL--Sure glad I wasn't that Captain's daughter--Talk about bad luck eh?--Ha Ha---
So, right now a gal must get going here--- The Dreadmill is calling my name!

Gloucester, Mass., --""Fishermen's Memorial""
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  • KATHRYNLP
    I remember having to learn this poem in grade 8... and I was
    "The Wreck of the Hesperus" by time I got it all memorized. We also had to learn The Yarn of the Nancy Bell, too, that year. Thanks for the memories, Jean.. I think. LoL. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3039 days ago
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