The Teignmouth Electron

'New' Teignmouth Electron moored off Teignmouth Seafront for the filming

‘New’ Teignmouth Electron moored off Teignmouth Seafront for the filming

So there’s been a brief hiatus after that batch of poems associated with Keats.  I thought I’d start again with a topic that totally absorbed the town in early June.

A few weeks ago Teignmouth became centre of the universe as Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz and a film crew descended on the town for a week’s filming for the production of a film about the ill-fated Donald Crowhurst.

 

Donald Crowhurst and the Teignmouth Electron

Donald Crowhurst and the Teignmouth Electron

It was almost 50 years ago that Donald Crowhurst set sail from Teignmouth in the trimaran ‘Teignmouth Electron’ to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a solo unbroken yacht race around the world – the first of its kind. That was the last that was seen of Crowhurst. On the 10th of July 1969, his boat was found adrift, unmanned. His body was never recovered.  The wreck of the Teignmouth Electron now lies decaying at Cayman Brac.

“The Teignmouth Electron” is actually a song by Benjamin Akira Tallamy inspired by the tale of Donald Crowhurst. These are the lyrics:

The Teignmouth Electron
(Benjamin Akira Tallamy)

The clouds are no ocean,
the stars are no mask
we may peer into shadow,
we may claw at the past,

but to be lost on that motion,
to be cast on that flood,
to be washed in that silence,
is colder than blood,

if the world was an ocean,
And the stars were but dreams,
And all men were sailors,
with the heart and the means,

Then to follow that notion,
to be drawn to that call,
To be lost in that silence,
would be the mercy of all,

come lay me down,
sweetly wash away,
the fear in your eyes and hold,
draw us down,
in arms alone,
all for to sleep and to pray,

All these words,
All the woes,
will soon be forgiven I say,
come on home,
to stay.

Harbours close to some few lonesome travelers,
Silence clings to those who choose to pray,

we are the world and the world is the world we let in,
We are the words and the world is the words we we let in,
we are the way of a heart locked in timeless motion,
we are the want of all dreams in an endless ocean.

Want to know more? Checkout:

Donald Crowhurst …..
The Teignmouth Electron – A single by Benjamin Akira Tallamy

Picture of Donald Crowhurst on New Quay Inn Teignmouth.  Painted by Mos Shaw

Picture of Donald Crowhurst on New Quay Inn Teignmouth. Painted by Mos Shaw

And as a plug for local street art here is a picture of Donald Crowhurst on the wall of the New Quay Inn, Teignmouth, painted by local artist Mos Shaw.

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