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…and Blue Peter’s blowing to tell ye we’re going

And the gulls in the river are calling good-bye!

Farewell and adieu to ye, still we’ll be true to ye

Still we’ll remember, wherever we be,

Hope we’ll be meeting ye, hope ye’ll be greeting

Some day your sailor come home from the sea!


‘Blue Peter’, or the ‘P’ flag, is a signal that the ship is about to sail for sea, all hands to return to the ship. As the communication technology progressed over time, the need for flag signalling became redundant. Besides a few courtesy/customary flags, there’s not much signalling at sea by flags anymore.

In days gone by, the ships used to stay at ports for weeks, if not months. ‘Blue Peter’ used to be the only indication that the ship was about to sail. As it used to signal an end to sailors’ long cherished shore-leave, lot of poetry and folk songs have been written about it in cultures with seafaring background.

(This picture is being submitted as part of a 52 week challenge I am following on Facebook, theme ‘Blue’).