"Peter on the White Sea" as written by and David Robert Pack Andrew John Powell....
When I took my boat out to the White Sea
I had no care in the world
Not a cloud disturbed the sky
I was dreaming only of how it might be
Then dark fell into the day
And the wind began to rise
Peter on the White Sea
Green mountains of waves
Blew all around
Peter on the White Sea
The howl of the wind, that lonesome sound
Sailors made their peace then with the Almighty
Still I kept hope in my heart
Through the salt and stormy night
Every hour the wind struck ever harder
We held on tight in the dark
As our bow rose and fell
Till we came with daylight into the harbor
Hard by the monastery walls
To the ringing of a bell
Peter on the White Sea
A day to recall when days are done
Peter on the White Sea
The first of a thousand ships to come
When I took my boat out on the White Sea
I heard my name in the wind
In the bright and empty sky
When I took my boat out to the White Sea


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"Peter on the White Sea" as written by Andrew Powell Alastair Stewart

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    General CommentOne of my favorite Al Stewart songs, it is about Peter the Great. I found the following information online:

    On June 10, 1694 Peter boarded his yacht, the St. Peter, and set out from Archangel. He traveled with the Archbishop Afanasy and a small group of friends and soldiers. Leaving with the tide, but failing to catch a good wind, they did not make it into the White Sea until the next morning.

    As the day progressed, the weather conditions worsened. Eighty miles out from Archangel the small ship was beset by a gale. The sails were ripped from the masts, and water from huge swells rolled over the decks, threatening to capsize them. The crew of experienced sailors and the passengers huddled together, certain they were doomed. The Archbishop struggled around giving last rites.

    Peter, however, was not as certain their fate had been sealed. He continued to struggle with the rudder to keep the bow into the wind. The pilot eventually managed to join him. Together, the pilot manning the helm, they managed to bring the boat to safety at about noon on June 12 in calm waters near the Pertominsk Monastery.

    Peter was himself aware of the importance of these events in his life. This small boat was preserved, and in 1701 was taken into the Kremlin for safekeeping.

    The song also echoes the story of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee when a storm arose. It is likely the his disciple, Peter, was also on board.
    offhandon March 03, 2017   Link

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