Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Charles Stock Passes Away

It is with awful regret and sorrow that I am passing on this sad news. Charles Stock passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him and by the  thousands of hearts around the world he touched with his writings . Charles will never be forgotten. He has taken his place among the legends in maritime history. R.I.P.
When I have gathered my thoughts I will be able to say a little more but for now please pass on this very sad news.


Bursledon Blogger said...

Sad news, I remember being inspired by Charles accounts of cruising YW and PBO in the early 80's.

It's nice that Shoal waters is in good hands and carrying on that legacy.

Matt said...

I never had the pleasure of meeting Charles. But like so many of us I felt that I new him a little from his wonderful writing. I, like many of us have been inspired by him.
RIP Charles

Matt, a Shipmate sailor

Gavin Atkin said...

I'm very sorry to hear this - we've lost a source of inspiration, and I know you've lost a dear friend. Gavin

Paul Mullings said...

What terribly sad news, condolences to his family at the passing of a true Gentleman. Charles has long been a great hero of mine and I am sure many others and especially to you Tony for whom he was, I know, a great friend and mentor. I think this may be appropriate in tribute from Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Creeksailor said...

Thanks for your kind comments fellas. Nice poem Paul.

Here's another poem that charles would have liked. kindly sent to me by email.

A bit of Masefield.

"I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying; And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying."


Anonymous said...

Charles will be greatly missed by all who have read of his exploits or been to any of his lectures.
I met him some years ago when he gave a talk to our club.
He is now as his beloved creeks and rivers. Immortal.

Pete said...

Very sad news.
His writings are an inspiration.
Condolences to family and friends.

Julian Merson said...

Hi Tony,
I've just picked up this very sad news. Charles Stock is, by a nautical mile, the biggest influence on my sailing. His book "Sailing just for fun" expresses, through its title alone, everything that I enjoy about our sport and the contents personify a man of immense wisdom, experience and a taste for adventure to which we can all aspire.
I'm sure he will have been extremely comforted to know that Shoal Waters is in safe hands and will continue to grace the swatchways of the east coast.

Creeksailor said...

Pete and Julian - thank you for leaving these comments. If I havn't already done so they will be passed on. There is a tribute to Chas in October's ECS and Yachting Monthly will be covering his passing in Novemeber's edition. I think PBO are printing an Obit in November's ed to.