Document 235

See the Boat

Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


Great day's here, You cannae beat
Your once't a year, your big-big treat
To sail the Clyde fae Broomielaw
At risin' tide, wi' Ma and Paw.

Dressed up swell in kilt and sporran
For Largs, Innellan, Craigendoran.
Shout from Mate, and then the clank
Of openin' gate and hurlie-plank.

Up-off the quay a'ready wishin'
You could hear the paddles swishin'
Then at last you get the toot,
The deavin' blast, the funnel's hoot.

Th'IONA turns, then far below
The water churns and off you go.
You sit wi' Ma, behave a treat
And then, like Paw, get itchy feet.

He disappears away to see
The engines then. But no' wi' me
For 'ken his trip is just a scam
To find a nip, a fly wee dram.

I run about the decks like daft
In an' out and fore and aft
Rail and gangway, coils of rope
And playin' wi' the telescope,

Kiddin' on you're goin' to drown
Liftin' a' the lifebelts down
Cock your snook at German Band
Try to jook their skelpin' hand.

Get to where you're goin' to land
For salty air and seaside sand.
But, see the boat! I'd really raither
Stay afloat. And so'd my faither!

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See the Boat


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General public
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 213

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Author details

Author id 127
Forenames Anna
Surname Blair
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher/author
Place of birth Giffnock
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Business
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Business
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
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