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Poem concerning Escort Officers on board Lady Nelson

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First Trip on the Lady Nelson
By Lieut. (N/S) B. Beardmore
First trip on the Nelson! Was there a shock in store?
But no, the sea like satin lay; we gently left the shore.
No angry waves to howl and rave, no stomach powders yet,
But for a while I almost thought ah, oyster box I'd get
But since my meals go down and stay
I'm happy and content;
I'm putting up a sign to-day - one stomach-pump for rent,
I'll sell you seasick capsules by dozen or by gross
I feel it's safe to do so now, since land is very close.
My mother told me, when I left, I'd have to act with care,
But since there are no wolves aboard, I think that I will dare
To garnish up this life at sea and make it look complex:
If mother thought it was too dull, I'm sure that she'd be vexed.
Beryl Beardmore