Cruise-Ship Sailing

Hebridean Princess and the Ness (from original by David Caunter)

Hebridean Princess and the Ness (from original by David Caunter)

This is the last in a series of posts about attractions of Teignmouth.

A few months ago history was made here – the arrival of the first ever cruise-ship in Teignmouth. It was greeted on the quayside by the new Mayor, Jacqui Orme, and the passengers were entertained with a few songs from the Back Beach Boyz and a talk by Viv Wilson MBE.

I thought it was only fitting to pen something about this event in a style that reflected Teignmouth’s seafaring tradition. So here is a modern take on an old shanty from the mid-nineteenth century – Donkey Riding.

Cruise-Ship Sailing
(Keats Ghost)

Mayor of Teignmouth, Cllr Jacqui Orme; Prof Mark Horton, BBC Presenter; Capt Trevor Bailey, Master Hebridean Princess; Viv Wilson MBE, Local Historian; Tracy Scranage, Town Centre Development Manager (by David Caunter)

Mayor of Teignmouth, Cllr Jacqui Orme; Prof Mark Horton, BBC Presenter; Capt Trevor Bailey, Master Hebridean Princess; Viv Wilson MBE, Local Historian; Tracy Scranage, Town Centre Development Manager (by David Caunter)

Were you ever in Teignmouth town,
the day the first cruise-ship came down,
with fifty passengers from Oban,
sailing on that cruise-ship?

Chorus:
Hey ho and away we go,
Cruise-ship sailing, cruise-ship sailing.
Hey ho and away we go,
Sailing on a cruise-ship.

The royally named Hebridean Princess,
steamed majestic around the Ness
greeted by Jacqui, the mayor, no less
hailing our first cruise-ship.

Chorus

Back Beach Boyz (from original by David Caunter)

Back Beach Boyz (from original by David Caunter)

The guests enjoyed what we had to give –
a history lecture from our Viv
and the Back Beach Boyz sang a rousing gig
of shanties on the cruise-ship.

Chorus

The ship’s first trip was a very short stay.
At the next high tide they were on their way.
Passengers cried “we’ll be back one day”,
sailing on a cruise-ship.

Chorus:
Hey ho and away we go,
Cruise-ship sailing, cruise-ship sailing.
Hey ho and away we go,
Sailing on a cruise-ship.

There is an interesting history attached to Donkey Riding.  If you’re interested, follow this link

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2 thoughts on “Cruise-Ship Sailing

  1. Viv Wilson

    Thank you Neil…..how delightful to be included in a poem! That’s a FIRST! It was a memorable day. In actual fact…I went as The Singing Historian….getting them involved in a few sea-style songs to create an atmosphere where my stories would be of interest. Got a good response. Will be doing something similar for Inner Wheel at the Golf Club in March. Have a great Christmas.

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