SPRING 1970 USS COBBLER

 Mediterranean Cruise

 THE MED

 JANUARY FIFTH, THERE WAS SNOW ON THE GROUND

 THE COLD AIR TREMBLED WITH OUR ENGINE’S SOUND

 "CAST OFF LINE TWO!" I HEARD SOMEONE SAY

 AND THE USS COBBLER WAS UNDERWAY

 OUR FIRST STOP LISBON, A FRIENDLY LAND

 OUR STAY WAS SHORT, BUT THE MEMORIES GRAND

 THE SEAS WERE HEAVY, WE WERE PLAGUED WITH RAIN

 BUT THE SUN BROKE THROUGH IN ROTA, SPAIN

 CATANIA IN JANUARY, THE TWENTY FIFTH DAY

  WE STOPPED FOR JUST A SIX HOUR STAY 

 OFF AGAIN TOWARD MALTA’S SHORE 

  OR A TEN DAY STAY WE WISHED WAS MORE 

 I COULD WRITE A BOOK ON THE PEOPLE THERE

 THE KINDEST WE MET, THEY TREATED US FAIR

 IT SEEMED COMING AND GOING WOULD NEVER CEASE

 AS WE LEFT VALLETTA FOR SOUTHERN GREECE

 THE PEOPLE OF PATRAS CAME BY THE SCORE

 THEY MOBBED OUR PIER AND GAZED IN AWE

  WE LEFT THE CITY WITH ITS MOUNTAINS TALL

 WITH TARANTO, ITALY OUR NEXT PORT O’ CALL

 THEN TO ATHENS, OUR JOURNEY HALF GONE

 WHERE RUINS ENABLE PAST YEARS TO LIVE ON

 THEN CRETE A LAND WHERE YOU CAN HEAR A PIN FALL

 TO BE FOLLOWED BY NAPLES AND THE BIRTHDAY BALL

 OUR TRIP SUDDENLY NEAR THE END

 AS WE ENTERED PALMA WITH TWO DAYS TO SPEND

 FUN LOVING PEOPLE FROM EVERY LAND

 ARE HERE FOR ITS SUN AND GOLDEN SAND

 UNDERWAY AGAIN, ROTA IS NEAR

 WE’LL STOP FOR A DAY AND TURN OVER HERE

 THEN THE LONGEST TRIP OF ALL

 TO GROTON, CONNECTICUT, A TEN YEAR HAUL

 MARC S. BENSON ETRSN USN

CREW MANIFEST

 

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