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Bermuda Sloop Song
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Sloop shows its true Bermuda spirit


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By Tricia Walters and Jennifer Hind


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‘Spirit of Bermuda’ is the name chosen unanimously by the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s selection committee for the Bermuda Sloop – due to arrive here in May 2006
More than 200 people flocked to the Clock Tower in Dockyard, where visiting Freedom Schooner, Amistad was moored on Saturday night for the announcement.
But they also came to hear local pop star Heather Nova perform ‘Bermuda Sloop Song’ which is dedicated to the young Bermudian sail trainees who will crew the new vessel.
She was accompanied by competition winner David Roache during this first public performance of the song, written by Ms Nova especially for the Bermuda Sloop.
At the introduction of the song, Ms Nova said she intended to conjure up the feeling and spirit of being at sea, teamwork and of being Bermudian.
Descending from a long line of mariners, she herself spent her early years in Bermuda on the ocean, and the influence of the sea is clearly heard in her music.
The Islandwide contest to name the three masted Bermuda rig schooner closed on April 1 and the 14 member selection committee made up of eight school students and six adults, met a total of three times to consider and complete the process.
‘Spirit of Bermuda’ was just one of 288 name proposals which had been sent in.
Some of the other suggestions included Bermuda Destiny, Blue Horizon, Bermuda Heritage, Bermudian Legend, Cedar Whaler, Ocean Winds, Hope of Bermuda, Hog Penny and Sloop du Jour.
However, ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ was submitted by five Bermuda residents including Lady Vereker, Bernard Blee, Nicky Gurret, Marguerite Lovell and Nancy Watson.
They will be offered the opportunity to travel to Rockport, Maine in the US for the launching for the schooner in 2006.
The chairman of the selection process, Jim Amos said he believed the inclusion of students in the selection committee provided the most important element on the committee.
“Their thoughtful comments, input and understanding of the guiding criteria for selection has ensured that the spirit that drove and guided our early sailors over the passed three centuries has found a bridge to our young Bermudians who will benefit from this 21st Century replica schooner,” he said.
Saturday night’s event, hosted partially on board the Amistad, was opened by the Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, Dale Butler, who on behalf of the people of Bermuda and St. David’s congratulated the Bermuda Sloop Foundation for its efforts so far.
A poem honouring the Bermuda Sloop through the centuries was read by poet Pauline O’Connor, praising this “alluring and graceful” and skilfully mastered” vessel which “would in time break down colour barriers”.
Following the announcement of the vessel’s name, Archdeacon Rev. Andrew Doughty gave a blessing, quoting a prayer of John Wesley, who with fellow Methodists, were advocates for the abolition of slavery.

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Thanks! Why are you always so well informed? Are you from Bermuda?

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MiniCooper wrote:
But they also came to hear local pop star Heather Nova perform ‘Bermuda Sloop Song’ which is dedicated to the young Bermudian sail trainees who will crew the new vessel.
She was accompanied by competition winner David Roache during this first public performance of the song, written by Ms Nova especially for the Bermuda Sloop.

And we all missed this performance...

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What an impressive headline

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It's a sloop's world... it's a sloopy sloop world.

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The Sloop Sloop Song by Cher.

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Maybe a hip hop version by Sloop Dog?

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The Sloop Sloop Song by Cher.


my thoughts exactly!

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Did someone record it ? Will there be an MCD ?

Posted on: 2005/5/19 22:23
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I guess it would not make much sense not to sell it on CD, since they collect money for the Foundation with it.

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so who should we contact to get this CD ?

maybe we should just wait till MiniCooper tells us

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This is the original site with the article, btw.

http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/p ... 50517/LIFESTYLE/105170136
(The Royal Gazette)

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I've sent out an email to the contact

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good thanks

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I've sent out an email to the contact


yes, there will certainly be some people outside of Bermuda who will want to buy this CD (ahem)

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bernd wrote:
The Sloop Sloop Song by Cher.


the following lines are to be sung to that tune:

and if you wanna know
where you are going to have to row
its there in Heather's song
Bermuda Sloop, Sloop, Sloop ...


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If Gerd wants, he can be the world (except Bermuda) distributer for this CD. You should order some CDs, Gerd, I guess we all buy one copy then.

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I've sent out an email to the contact


yes, there will certainly be some people outside of Bermuda who will want to buy this CD (ahem)

well, maybe this item will be more rare than those SIYs. In some years, a Bermuda Sloop single will be worth $1,000 at ebay.

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We still know of no actual CD though, right? So all this CD talk is hypothetical?

And yes, I was referring to Snoop Dogg.

Sail it when it's hot...

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Massimo wrote me: "I think "Bermuda Sloop Song" will be available for on-line purchase when released."

Posted on: 2005/5/22 21:06
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Sounds good. So we all can order it.

Haven't got any reply yet to my email.

Posted on: 2005/5/22 21:39
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Yeah, but I guess this is just a guess from Massimo.

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I doubt that it's as good as "Sloop John B". And why didn't they pick the best name?--"Sloop Du Jour", LOL.

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ha, you can see the single cover in the background

why are those pics always so tiny

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What's with the guy in the background with no pants on?

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I've got a reply now:


Dear Gerd

Heather sang four songs including her 'Bermuda Sloop Song' and 'Redemption Song' (Marley). Heather will be releasing a separate CD and possibly DVD in the late fall to benefit the 'Spirit of Bermuda'. There is a photo on our website.

To understand the 'Bermuda Sloop", attached is a poem that was read by the poet during the event.

Sincerely,

Malcolm Kirkland, Executive Director/Project Manager

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Woooo great!

Post it on the news, please, and do you have that poem?

Posted on: 2005/5/30 21:12
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She by Pauline O’Connor:

During the seventeen and eighteen hundreds,
for her weatherliness and speed she became known.
First favoured by France and then the Royal Navy,
Who built twelve in Bermuda alone.

America loved her for coastal defence,
And she was the favourite of Pirates and Privateers.
In flat seas and fair weather she’d out sail them all,
Setting a legend passed down through the years.

Soon, Bermudians built a remarkable version,
sheer radical proportions had she.
Alluring and graceful, yet skillfully mastered,
Enabled Bermudians noted respect, when sailing
the Atlantic seas.

Though the elm was preferred to construct her.
Bermuda Cedar feared better in salt.
But, the tree was to scarce and far to expensive,
Yet, ship building never came to a halt.

They continued to build her superbly,
And she indeed got better with time.
She had hulls made of Bermuda Cedar,
And her firm decks were made out of pine.

The Royal Navy did not favour the Cedar,
To be used above the line of the water.
For should a cannon ball hit she would splinter,
When fired upon as her enemies fought her.



With the failures of the plantations,
the economy would soon be destroyed.
So they turned to the sea for survival.
And the slaves of the land were deployed.

Due to economic and political necessities,
the slaves became apprentices to mariners.
An order was passed in sixteen sixty one
Which would in time break down colour barriers.

An order of Council in seventeen eleven
for the forty foot keel and above,
stated of the white race only six were allowed,
But the limit for slave crews was none.

In time slave owners from Charlestown and South Carolina,
Were amazed by the skills of blacks,
They sent slave masters here to Bermuda,
To learn how they developed such tact.

Subsequently, the visits were disallowed,
This practice stopped, and the law prevailed.
Difficult indeed to emulate these skills.
They were embedded in each generation of males.

The success of the negro Bermudian,
raised high prices when bought or sold.
Compared to a slave of Jamaica,
A Bermudian slaves price fetched eight fold.

Bermudian slaves seized the opportunity,
To become accomplished mariners indeed.
some tried to escape in little small boats
many tragically failed while others found ways
to succeed.

Shipwrights, mariners, sail makers, and pilots
achieving the pride of determination.
In buying their freedom or having it bought,
Forty four years prior to emancipation.

In seventeen ninety five Rear Admiral Murray
arranged for Bermuda Government to buy out.
The freedom of ones who they chose to become
very important Kings Pilots.

So history tells of the men and the sloop,
And how she made Bermudian mariners glean,
Men like Jacob Pitcairn, James Darrell,
James Athill, and also Mr. Tom Bean.

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Wooo, you typed a lot.

Will you also post this in the German forum?

Posted on: 2005/5/30 21:25
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I should do so.

Here is the pic which is part of the document with the "She" poem.

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Wow! She sang Redemption song! Wonderful choice I must say!

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I know this song from "Manfred Mann'S Earth Band". I think I never heard the Bob Marley Version. ooh, wait, I think I saw Bob Marley live in concert, plenty of years ago. Can't remember so if he played that song.



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It was on June 8th, 1980 in Kaiserslautern. The setlists are incomplete in the internet. Still don't know now if I heard this song. Main act was Fleetwood Mac at this open air.

Posted on: 2005/5/30 22:31
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He would have played that song for sure.

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I remember that they were behind schedule and some sets where shorter as the open air had to be finishe by 10 pm. I'm pretty sure that Bob Marley didn't play a full set. Redemption Song was one of the last songs usually. That's what I see from setlists of concerts around that gig.

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Heather wrote me today: "the song i wrote for the bermuda sloop foundation will be available to people to buy once it has been pressed up - around november. there will be info on my homepage about how or where to buy it."

Posted on: 2005/7/23 20:32
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so we can expect to get another new song in november

Posted on: 2005/7/23 21:57
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As bsides, she'll be including covers of "Hang On Sloopy" and "Sloop John B".

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