Table Bay NSRI Station at the V&A Waterfront

NSRI advertisement: Sea Fever

Here’s something beautiful: a NSRI advertisement that reminds us of the wonder and enchantment to be experienced down by the ocean, and the work done by the NSRI, serving everyday water users and making the ocean a safer place to be. The poem that is read in the voice over is Sea Fever by John Masefield. (The version I quote and the version used in this advertisement differ slightly over the inclusion – here – of the word “do” in the first line of the poem. Both versions appeared in collections of Masefield’s poetry.)

How lovely is this?


The poem is read by Tom O’Bedlam (not his real name – Roger Ebert suspected that he is someone famous), who has an amazing Youtube channel with readings of hundreds of poems.

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Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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