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Date: 14 August 2016. Sea Fever on Gutenberg.


Aboard Seaweed reading is an important activity. I love, love, love my Kindle. Books have always been a big part of my life. Now with the advent of Gutenberg life really does not get much better. Thousands and thousands of books are available, all for free!

I have been a fan of John Masefield since since memorizing his Sea Fever poem. I am sure you recall it too:

Sea Fever by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
All I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Well, recently I was on Gutenberg and ran across a book you're going to want to own. It's called Salt-Water Ballads by John Masefield. This book contains Sea Fever. Here's how to get your free ebook:

  1. Salt-Water Ballads has the Sea Fever poem along with many others. Go directly to the download page via this link:


  2. Next copy the title and author of the book. That information is found near the top of the page. You're looking for this:

    Salt-Water Ballads by John Masefield

  3. It is not necessary to copy the title and author. I do that because otherwise I am saving a book by its Gutenberg number. In this case it would be 52761.

    Side Note: When we get to the stage where we email it to our Kindles the title will magically reappear regardless of what you save the file as. I do it this way so I and find the book again easily and share with other boaters.

  4. Next, Right click on the link for the version you want to have. I chose "Kindle (with images)"

  5. When the pop-up appears it asks me what I want to Save Link as. That's when I paste in the title and author I've copied, specifically "Salt-Water Ballads by John Masefield" in this case.

  6. Finally I go to my Download folder on the computer. I then email the *.mobi file to my Kindle. Voila: done.

    *.mobi - All files for Kindle are saved in the .mobi format.

My Kindle is always with me. I read a lot!

This photo was taken from the Fast Tuna recipe article titled Silverware and Spatulas.

I hope you enjoy Sea Fever as much as I do. It's a personal favorite. I even have a link to that poem on every page of my website as an *Easter Egg. 

*Easter Egg: something hidden in plain sight. Pixar movies often have characters from other Pixar films in the background of scenes. On my website whenever you see a compass, that is an Easter Egg. Click the compass icon    and you will go to the Sea Fever page.

When I disappear for a week or more I can pretty much guarantee I have lost myself in books. It's a great place to be especially when at anchor.

Is there one particular eBook you read time and again?
What are your favorite books? I've yet to know a reader who has just one favorite!

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