SALTY JACK
by Bob Gaut



After you have read the poem read the short article below..

At the end of the day,
In the Spyglass Bar,
I met "Salty Jack,"
Who had been an old tar.

The yarns he did tell
Would make your head spin
For he'd been in every port
And nine kinds of sin.

Our meeting well seasoned
by this sailor of sorts
His time in the Coast Guard
Spent preparing reports

Now "Salty Jack" is retired
And he knows wrong from right
So he offers most of his yarns
On his website.

Jack is my new friend
We'll stay in touch on the web
With electronic devices
Here is to be done, more to be said --

 On Board the SS Enchanted Isle
1/11/00

 

WHERE THIS POEM ORIGINATED FROM

By Jack Eckert

 

A few weeks ago my wife and I cruised on the SS Enchanted Isle out of New Orleans. It is a marvelous old steam ship that many people take multiple cruises on. An old Coastie would be at home on this old lady. It was good to feel a ship under my feet again as she actually pitches and rolls a bit in sloppy seas. I recommend you book a future cruise on her through Commodore Cruise Lines..

One of the nice features of the boat is their piano bar which is located immediately above the bridge and has panoramic windows looking out in three directions. The martinis were great as was the company. Several different people gathered in this lounge daily for drinks, general sidewalk superintending, critiquing observed ship operations, expressing studied opinions about how they would handle the evolutions, and swapping sea stories. Some of these people were formerly of the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Navy. I was the lone Coast Guardsman. One day Bob Gaut, a retired school superintendent handed me a copy of a poem he wrote about me; the one above. While my hobby is Jack's Joint, his is writing verse about everything. I was flattered and asked his permission to print it on the site.

Someday do yourself a favor and take a cruise on the ENCHANTED ISLE. It will bring back memories of yore. Go to the Spyglass room at 1600, select a good vantage point, order a martini and then close your eyes while sipping your martini and visualize being on the bridge of a cutter again. You'll never want to leave the room. You will have found heaven. Don Lee, the pianist may even play a part of the score of Victory at Sea for you to complete your reverie.

Jack

POSTSCRIPT:  The Commodore Cruise Lines no longer sailing and the fate of the SS Enchanted Isle is unknown. 2/12/02

September 5, 2003 The Enchanted Isle was sold for $2.08 million (less than 1/10th than what it cost to build her).  She will be leaving this month to head for the breakers in India.  

Bob Gaut wrote another poem called, Enchanted Isle's last call. You can read it bu going to this URL -  http://namerican2.home.att.net/poems.htm

Go To The Enchanted Isle Website

 

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