“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off — then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” So says Ishmael in Moby Dick, and so says I.
Getting to the sea — the actual sea — can’t always be managed. Berths on ships commanded by mad captains in search of white whales just can’t be found (probably a good thing). But because the sea is threaded through the foundations of human imagination, there are countless vessels waiting to carry you away — poems and epics and memoirs, photographs and paintings and philosophical musings, each capturing and communicating a fragment of sea-magic. Here are ten items from Etsy sellers that each tell their own tale of the sea.
For more sea-themed finds, check out my Ships + The Sea Favorites list.