Another Liverpool seaman has made his last trip. Long time big ship man with Cunard, Arthur Knight aka 'Boogie nights' had his ashes committed to the waters of the Mersey on Monday, with a ceremony conducted by former Seamanís Mission Padre; Bob Evans (author of: A Dog Collar in the Docks). Members of Liverpool Retired Merchant Seafarers were also in attendance with Arthur's family.
Pat Moran: Chairman of LRMS has done well to have arrangements with Mersey Ferries. To facilitate giving deceased seamen their last wish by having their ashes cast upon the river. The skipper of the ferry cut the engines for the duration of the short service and blasted the shipís horn as a mark of respect for a fellow sailor. When the ferry docked at the landing stage he stood at the top of the gangway and shook hands with all the mourners as they disembarked.
Well Done to him, a gracious and noble thing to do!
For me John Masefield sums up a sailorís passing into the next world with a line from his poem; The Word
And may we find when ended is the page
Death is but a tavern on our pilgrimage