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Akbar Songs
Introduction - 0
View from above upon arrival - 1
First Akbar door - 2
Gear - 3
Meeting the Division - 4
First Communion at Akbar - 5
Shepherd - 6
Lights out - 7
Vultures - 8
Get h’on Parade! - 9
Bandy - 10
Wakey–wakey! - 11
Smartening rig - 12
Economy Star - 13
Poetry Club - 14
The Writer - 15
The Skipper - 16
Boating - 17
Seamanship - 18
The Skipper's Kippers - 19
Moot Court - 20
Dirty Mary - 21
Cross–country - 22
Sailorboy - 23
Church Parade - 24
Fellini fragment on Jildy - 25
Deckscrap - 26
Cinderella Days - 27
Long Tom for 'Dead Men' - 28
Waiting for Podmore - 29
Akbar - 30
The Path - 31
Boating
Getting to know a boat from stem to stern
Takes a long time and strong concentration
On why everything aboard is as is
Learning to recognize construction styles
Masts, yards, sails, rigging,
anchors, and handling.
Learning the lay of the longboat makes you
Safer to handle the sea's vicissitudes.
Here is much science in flotative arts
Ingesting factors on buoyancy, skills
Growing on how a hull behaves on seas.
Knowing the names of every part of her
Will give you information you may need
To make a holed and useless boat refloat.