You’re probably wondering why Al Stewart is a topic on a nautical blog. If you’re of a certain age, you probably are familiar with his hit “Year of the Cat” and maybe “On the Border” or “Time Passages.”
What you may not be aware of is that he has written a bunch of maritime-themed songs.
“Old Admirals” is a wonderfully compact overview of the life of a Victorian era Royal Navy officer.
I love these two lines in particular:
“Oh the wooden ships they turned to iron and the iron ships to steel,
And shed their sails like autumn leaves with the turning of the wheel.”