There Is No Frigate

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
–Emily Dickinson¬†

6 thoughts on “There Is No Frigate

  1. Yeah, the fricking frigates have gone by the wayside. I thought they were more like a small Cruiser anyway. Now we only have Tin Cans, Carriers and Subs for hard combat. GO NAVY!

  2. The backbone of the Navy…

    A frigate and her crew are capable of every sea going evolution on Neptune’s mighty waters (and beyond when required to assist shore side in disaster relief). From sea rescue to punching above their weight using gun boat diplomacy in foreign waters, I am blessed and proud to say that I earned the ‘salt crust’ that formed on my Globe & Laurel cap badge, whilst serving aboard one.

    Yours Aye.

  3. The single screw and the 1200 pound boilers of those FF’s were the cause of many complaints.
    Well deserved too.

  4. CP: Don’t forget the LCS!
    ND: Oddly enough, I speak both. But I wear my brown shoes quite proudly.
    EB: Haze gray, underway! (Although, I suppose you all say: Haze grey, underway. Different colors. Errr, colours. . .)
    jon: I would not have guessed it had a single screw.

  5. NavyOne,

    The Royal Navy has two types of ‘coloured’ paint, ‘battleship grey’ & ‘royal navy blue’ and never the twain shall meet on a deck, bulkhead, or cabin door!

    The Royal Marines detachments aboard ship tend to educate the the RN by bringing forth all matter of mighty colours; i.e. the Corps Colours, which are religiously painted on the Royal Marines Barracks cabin door (and all other objects designed to frighten ‘Jolly Jack Tar’).


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