Text and midi file courtesy of The Cardinal
Sea Scout Chantey
by James A. Wilder, Chief Sea Scout
ship is wood and metal,
metal, rigging and sail;
but an iron kettle,
hearts aboard of her fail.
my way, aye, and yea, aye,
bound away for many a day;
Sea Scout is a good Scout,
give us our sea-way.
heart of ships is red blood,
red blood, never a doubt!
wood and iron are useless,
the heart of a Scout.
ship is what we make her,
make her, saucy and smart;
blust'ring wind shall break her,
we are all of one heart.
Information about James Austin "Kimo" Wilder
from the National Sea Scout website at http://www.seascout.org/about/history.html
Scouting received a real boost in October 1917, when James Austin Wilder (a
veteran sailor, global traveler, artist, and devoted Boy Scout volunteer)
was secured as Director of the Department of Sea Scouting of the Boy Scouts
of America. For several years, as a volunteer, Mr. Wilder worked full time
for Sea Scouting with the title of Chief Sea Scout.
He organized the scattered Sea Scout units info a national
organization that generated the first wide-spread interest in Sea Scouting.
Gathering all of the experience and scattered bits of literature used in the
program, Mr. Wilder supervised the preparation of the first Sea Scout Manual
in 1919. In those days, Sea Scouting followed a pattern of action that was
very similar to that of a Boy Scout troop; for example: boys wore khaki
uniforms. In order to register, they had to subscribe to the Scout Oath and
law and pass the Tenderfoot requirements. Membership required that a boy be
15 years of age and weigh at least 112 pounds.
For many years the Sea Scout program was aimed at older boys who
had graduated from Boy Scout troops. Sea Scout units began to be called
ships. The age-old organization of skippers, mates, boatswains, coxswains
and crews began to be used.