Sea Devil's Farewell
by Pat Householder on November 26, 1999
In November, 1964, ex-SEA DEVIL SS-400 was tied up for several days alongside three other fleet boats: REDFISH SS-395, CAPITANE SS-336 and BAYA SS-318.
Inboard of SEA DEVIL was SCAMP SSN-588, and outboard the nest was VOLADOR SS-490, soon to be her executioner. I suspect that was the last time ever that four fleet boats were nested together.
At that time I adapted John Masefield's famous poem, Sea Fever, in tribute to the "4.0" boat. It goes like this:
|Sea Devil's Farewell
Sea Devil puts out to sea again,
And all she asks is a cheery day
She feels the sea's kick,
She recalls the grey mist
So the "Devil" goes down to the seas
To the gulls way, and the whale's way,
And all she asks is to be kept in mind,
And a peaceful sleep, in the quiet deep,
Masefield's Sea FeverHERE
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