About the BoatUS Eight Bells Pages
Eight Bells is the traditional way of saying that a sailor's watch is over
The sounding of ship's bell is well rooted in the history and tradition of the maritime industry. The bell marked time onboard and divided the day into shifts or “watches” for the crew. At the end of the last shift, the end of the last watch, eight bells rang out – Eight Bells and All is Well. A sailor's time for rest.
At BoatUS, we recognize the passing of our Members and treasured staff here. We pay tribute to those who loved boating and supported our efforts, and recognize a job well done by those who served our Members and the industry by working with us.
We invite you to pay tribute to your loved ones and hope you will take a moment to visit the pages of those of have passed before
In Memory of Don Backe
The Board of Directors for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is sad to announce the passing of their friend and the organization's founder, Don Backe. He died on Friday, April 12 at Gilcrest Hospice in Columbia, Maryland after a long illness.
Gone From My Sight
By Henry Van Dyke
“I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says;
"There, she is gone!"
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, "There, she is gone!"
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
"Here she comes!"
And that is dying.”