Navy Net - Royal Navy Community

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

Crossing the Bar

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
The Doom Bar, Padstow. So good they named a beer after it :)
 

Attachments

  • DoomBarRiverCamelCornwall1jpg.jpg
    DoomBarRiverCamelCornwall1jpg.jpg
    21.4 KB · Views: 94

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
[h=1]Alfred Tennyson, Lord Tennyson[/h][h=2]Crossing the Bar[/h]SUNSET and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness or farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
 
The Bar at Salcombe

Dit time - As a cadet at BRNC Dartmouth, I was involved in a press day arranged because Prince Charles was due to join the College for training the following term. My role was in front of the cameras on the sports field where I was winched up and down like a yo-yo from the college's Wasp helo based at nearby Norton. The then Commander of Britannia Flight was Lt Cdr Bernard DeSalis RN.

This was in the pre-digital age of film. On completion of events, the Wasp was tasked to fly all the exposed footage and sound recordings to Exeter Airport for onward delivery to London in time for the evening news programmes and Bernard invited me to go along for the ride. After dropping off our precious cargo, he asked me whether there was anywhere I'd particularly like to see from the air en route back to Norton. I said I'd enjoy flying over Salcombe where I'd spent my early life and still had family. He passed me the chart and said, "Okay, give me a course."

We subsequently buzzed Salcombe and flew down its harbour to the bar. The water was crystal clear in the afternoon sunlight and we saw the unmistakeable silhouette of a hammerhead shark basking in the shallows covering the pale sand. Bernard lowered the Wasp and we measured the helo length for length against the big fish before disturbing it sufficiently for it to disappear into deeper water. To this day, Bernard is the only person able to coroborate my story (if he's still alive) but I will swear it is true to my own deathbed.

The bar at Salcombe also features in 'A Private Ship Called Lollipop' in the MCDOA website's Dit Box.
 
pie.thatcher. Used to be until Coors we-know-everything-about-beer got their mits near it. It never used to taste as sweet as it does now.

Anyway, crossing the bar is a lovely expression and you don't even need to believe in big G (or his little lad).
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
I Informing of two crossing the bar Nearest & Dearest 5
M Origins of the term "crossing the bar"?! The Quarterdeck 21
Rumrat Crossing The Bar Nearest & Dearest 20
3yearstilltx Crossing the bar Site Issues 0
golden_rivet Crossing the bar History 7
MoD_RSS Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing project granted development consent MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Near miss at Worlingham user worked crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Lake Lothing Third Crossing granted development consent MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Next phase of Lower Thames Crossing consultation begins MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Annual accounts for the Dartford Thurrock Crossing and Severn River Crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Map the Gap: autonomous gap crossing survey MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Report 16/2019: Near miss between a passenger train and lorry at Mucking AHB level crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Near miss at Norwich Road level crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Launch of "Crossing Points" MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Report 13/2019: Fatal accident at Tibberton No. 8 footpath crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Report 11/2019: Serious operational irregularity at Bagillt user worked crossing MoD News 0
NotNickCarter Crossing the Line The Book Club 1
MoD_RSS Press release: Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing application MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Near miss between a lorry and passenger train at Mucking level crossing MoD News 0
NotNickCarter Crossing the Line The Book Club 0
MoD_RSS News story: Fatal accident at Tibberton footpath crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Crossing The Gap - market exploration MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Collision with crossing gates at Penrhyn level crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Statement to parliament: Dartford Thurrock river crossing charging scheme MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Press release: 26,000 share their views in Thames Crossing consultation MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Alert for charities operating in Syria or Turkey about aid passing through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Press release: 55 years on, Dartford crossing looks to the future MoD News 0
T HMS Westminster holds the age old Crossing the Line Ceremony The Fleet 11
soleil Montrose Review: "Montrose Crew Marks Equatorial Crossing" The Fleet 0
trelawney126 Crossing the Line German Fashion Diamond Lil's 0
Bergen Crossing The Line Diamond Lil's 30
B A Renault Laguna, a 20 mile sea crossing and World Record Diamond Lil's 3
L crossing the line certificate and operation hurricane History 12
Y crossing thwe line The Quarterdeck 41
Y RN crossing over. Anyone help? The Corps 16
W Dive Bar - Chatham The Gash Barge 7
F Can't get bank account due to marker. Is this a bar to entry? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 13
MoD_RSS AAIB Report: Eurocopter EC135T1, corrosion-initiated fracture of a main rotor actuator tie bar MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Looking back at 125 years of the Bar Council MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Export bar placed on rare bronze sculpture by François Girardon MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Export bar placed on Liss masterpiece MoD News 0
Ageing_Gracefully Crossed the Bar The Quarterdeck 19
C Inhalers a bar to entry? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 5
MoD_RSS Export bar placed on unique 18th century work by Joseph Wright of Derby MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Charity that ran a bar turns around following statutory inquiry MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Press release: Export Bar placed on Renaissance casket in a bid to keep it in UK MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Press release: HS2 raises the bar on emissions standards MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Speech: Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2018: David Gauke speech MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Professional Entry Scheme: Bar Council app to be tested at five new courts MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Local courts and tribunals help to raise the bar on provision of refreshments MoD News 0
Similar threads


















































Latest Threads

Top