The Io­laire of Iona

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Of all the ships who’ve sailed the sea and crossed the oceans blue The Argonaut, The Cutty Sark, the grace­ful QE2, The Vi­tal Spark or Noah’s Ark, there’s none that can com­pare There’s none with line so strong and fine as Iona’s Io­laire.

1990 was the year that first she sur­face broke Forty five by six­teen feet of larch on solid oak A ship as grand from John Gaff’s hand as any ship could be From stern to stem a var­nished gem of beauty on the sea. From Gir­van where her planks were laid she sailed north, home­ward bound. With pride the skip­per steamed her up Iona’s bonny Sound. She joined the fine Kirk­pat- rick fleet be­side the Sil­ver Spray. From then till now her stately prow has graced St Ro­nan’s Bay. In ’ 92 still fine and new came change in her com­mand Passed from Un­cle David to his nephew’s steady hand A fish­er­man of great re­gard, a man of high renown And now for 15 years has Davy worn the skip­per’s crown.

Tramp­ing back and forth to Staffa’s wild ma­jes­tic coast The finest ship on which to sail with yet a finer host. On days the sea makes oth­ers flee, tie up with ease she will With pow­er­ful Perkins Sabres and with Davy’s care­ful skill.

When weather’s poor and form’s bad and wind has blown wave And you’re steam­ing round the cor­ner and ap­proach­ing Fin­gal’s Cave There’s not a sound to bring you round or sight so wel­come there As Davy on the VHF and see­ing the Io­laire.

Or see­ing her ride at an­chor when she’s moored up in the sound. A sym­bol of the wel­come and the friend­ship to be found. In the house with yel­low win­dow-sills that lights this Sa­cred Isle That’s filled with Davy’s mis­chief and with Carol’s magic smile.

This boat has led a life as rich as any boat’s could be. Knows both the hard­ships and the boun­ties borne by the sea. So world wide let’s show our pride, raise glasses in the air And drink a toast to Davy and the no­ble Io­laire.

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