Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Point Judith Fisherman Memorial

At the end of Ocean Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island is the Point Judith Lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Less than a half mile on the right is a dirt road which leads to a beautiful park, likewise overlooking the Atlantic.  This is home to the Point Judith Fisherman Memorial, a tribute to commercial fishermen who have been lost at sea.  

The following poem, Sea Fever, is engraved on the center stone, while the names of lost fishermen are engraved on stones placed on each side.  On the day we visited, there were mementos left including two cans of Budweiser beers in 4th of July packaging.

Sea Fever
by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the brown spume, and the sea gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yam from a laughing fellow rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

The scene is beautiful, serene, reverent.  There are sweeping views of the ocean and of the lighthouse.  Dedicated on July 27, 2008, members of the local fishing industries started and manage this strictly on a volunteer basis.  The hope is that funds will continue to be raised in order to help families who have lost a family member.  


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  1. Appears to be a beautiful park. We don't have the ocean views here so it looks really nice. I like the lighthouse picture.

    1. It's so beautiful near the ocean. My dream has always been to live by the ocean. Funny I ended up with someone who hates it!! But we keep trying to get him on board. Again, perseverance!