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Crossing the Bar

Sunset and Evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Tennyson

Salcombe Bar

A sea covered sand spit - opposite Sharp Tor - that restricts entrance to the estuary and has caused the wreck of many unfortunate vessels during bad weather.

The Bar is believed to have been the inspiration that led the poet Tennyson to write his famous poem - 'Crossing the Bar', following a rough passage over the Bar in the yacht Sunbeam, whilst staying with the historian J. A. Froude.

The Salcombe Lifeboat lost thirteen of its fifteen man crew whilst trying to navigate turbulent seas at the Bar during a storm in 1916.

 
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