Later this week I am meeting up with a friend of mine who has recently returned home having spent a month or so as a passenger on a cargo ship going from the UK to South America. By chance, I am currently reading an excellent book called "Down to the Sea in Ships" by Horatio Clare, about his time tagging along on container ships.
As a tribute to these hardy seafarers, here is a selection of songs about ships, both literal and metaphorical. You will notice a certain narrative arc. We don't just throw this stuff together, you know.
"Shipbuilding" - Robert Wyatt
"Tall Ships" - Jon Langford
"Captain Of Your Ship" - Reparata & The Delrons
"Ship On A Stormy Sea" - Jimmy Clanton
"Don't Give Up The Ship Now Baby" - James Govan
"Shipwrecked" - Jerry Williams
Just in case you were wondering, what follows is not part of the narrative arc. Although, if it was, it might explain why events suddenly take a turn for the worse between Reparata and Jimmy Clanton.