'Tell me, my old friend, tell me why You sit and softly laugh by yourself.' 'It is because I am repeating to myself, Write! write Of the valiant strength, The calm, brave bearing Of the sons of the sea.' --French Rowing Song And that is why I have written this book Of the things that live in your ble hearts. You are really the authors of it. I have only put into words The frank simplicity of your sailor life. --Guillaume de la Laudelle.