#03719
Too Late For The Breaking Yard (Larry Kaplan)
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#1859: YouTube video by The Orchard Enterprises
℗2015 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, it's too late for the breaking yard,
Too late for the breaking yard;
When she sailed too long and she worked too hard,
It's too late for the breaking yard.

Well we laid her keel in the summer heat,
Tempered every weld in the snow and sleet;
She gave all our babies food to eat,
So we launched her in a year.

With her high bluff bow and her easy chine,
In the Channel floods didn't take her time;
Didn't like the feel of a docking line...
Or cargo in her hold.

Oh, it's too late for the breaking yard,
Too late for the breaking yard;
She sailed too long and she worked too hard,
It's too late for the breaking yard.

She could make ten knots in an autumn dew,
Could have carried sail if she wanted to;
Never gave a damn when the north winds blew,
It was "best be on our way."

But the scraping ledge and the sunken rails,
That bloody beach in the northern gale,
Made the old men dream of the age of sail,
While young men drove her down.

Oh, it's too late for the breaking yard,
Too late for the breaking yard;
When she sailed too long and she worked too hard,
It's too late for the breaking yard.

Oh, a ship too proud to give up that way,
Men and money had the final say;
S So we hauled her back to the yard at Grays,
And sunk her in the tide.

And we gave her shelter and we gave her time,
Took the woodwork out and the new turbine,
Couldn't do much more... didn't have the time,
To scrap her anymore.

Oh, it's too late for the breaking yard,
Too late for the breaking yard;
When she sailed too long and she worked too hard,
It's too late for the breaking yard.

We built that vessel so damn well,
When the rust took over the rivets held;
So she rested there with the lonely gulls,
She's been resting evermore.

So let's raise a glass and a dozen more,
To the ones who sit there by the shore,
To remind us of the times before,
When timber turned to steel.

Oh, it's too late for the breaking yard,
Too late for the breaking yard;
When she sailed too long and she worked too hard,
It's too late for the breaking yard.

Oh, it's too late for the breaking yard,
Too late for the breaking yard;
When she sailed too long and she worked too hard,
And it's too late for the breaking yard.

####.... Written and performed by Larry Kaplan on acoustic and classical guitar, banjo and harmonica. Recorded and mixed at Hannah Lane Music, Essex, CT. Mastering by Bob Katz, Digital Domain, Altamonte, FL ....####
Liner note from Larry Kaplan:
"Breaking yards, where retired or wrecked vessels would be stripped for salvage, no longer dot the British coastlines. This song remembers when they did, and the people who often saw such fate unfold for the vessels they once helped to build."

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Note: A chine in boat design is a sharp change in angle in the cross section of a hull. The chine typically arises from the use of sheet materials (such as sheet metal or marine ply) as the mode of construction. ~ Wikipedia

Bottom hull (A)
compared to hard (B)
and soft (C) chine hull.

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