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Rondeau for Becuna and Olympia

Updated on October 10, 2013
USS Olympia (larger ship) and USS Becuna (submarine) at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA
USS Olympia (larger ship) and USS Becuna (submarine) at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA

Those ships have sailed, but now are tied

For tourists to inspect, aligned

From bow to stern and broadside black

To broadside white and red--no lack

Of interest in the graceful lines.


With such calm berths they won't collide.

It's now a peaceful riverside,

No longer rigged to sail, attack.

Those ships have sailed.


That one should have her broadside white

And red, the other black, belies

That they're alike and both came back.

Each flies a U.S. union jack--

Each sturdy built, designed to fight.

Those ships have sailed.

From left to right, Becuna and Olympia, with Moshulu bow at far right
From left to right, Becuna and Olympia, with Moshulu bow at far right
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