i2f Thank you so much for starting the thread and you advice, I cried after reading it. Gord thank you so much for the It's traditional to toll a ship's bell in memorial of a sailor's last watch.
I changed it some but here is what my plan is,
James you and I meet around a year ago when I moved to Florida
and in that short time we have become more than just friends we became shipmates. About every chance we had we would either take your boat
out or mine sailing, we were both proud to say thet we have sailed more than any other boat
in this Marina and it has always been together. I always thought it was funny
that you had a very short Bucket list and I am so proud to be the one to help them come true for you. I cannot say either us use were a pro at sailing but we always enjoyed ourselves. The Trip to St Augustine sailing the Atlantic and even sailing to the Crab shackand The Landing (Hooter'), the only thing we did not get done was a trip to the islands, The main thing I can say about you James is that you have always been there for me and meeting you was the best thing that ever happen in my life. I wish it was years sooner.
As we honour our Friend & Shipmate James T. Boswell as we toll the bell to mark the end of his final watch.
Well done James, well done.
It was a great voyage, and you served your watch.
You have completed your final watch, now rest in peace.
James sister will throw the wreith in and his brother will ring the bell.
version of the 23Rd Psalm:
The Lord is my Pilot, my ship is well stored.
He steereth me into the harbors of abundance
and guides my feet to the broad straight streets of port cities.
Yea, though the tempest rages
I shall not be afraid
for He knoweth the ways of the sea
and the strength of each ship launched upon the ocean of life.
and His steering wheel
He followeth the star which lights the way to the shores of immortal life.
My voyage has led me amongst pirates at sea
and buccaneers ashore,
but my ship and its captain have survived perils on land and on sea.
I have faith that favorable winds and calm seas will be our lot
so long as the voyage lasts, and that
I shall meet the Supreme Port Captain in the harbor of life eternal.