Sail on R.H. Carr – By Dmitri Allicock

RH Carr

Sail on R.H. Carr

By Dmitri Allicock

  Demerara voyagers travelling Inland River trail

From coastal Georgetown to tranquility we sail

Rough muddy waters and wide river mouth

Narrowing valley with smoother waters of the south

Laughter and waving children from second class 

Soft petal winds of nature and riverlife we must pass

Kingfishers at water’s edge while macaws wing their flight

Splendid blossoms and dancing fronds in brilliant sunlight

Settlements of homesteads like Dora and Clemwood

Boatloads of plantain and slow moving rafts of hardwood

Smell of freshly cut Wallaba and Greenheart at sawmills

Snacks of buns and mauby slowly meanders forest hills

Anchor lowered in the middle for passengers and post

A golden chance to see Guyana away from the coast

Eight peaceful hours of leisure as 65 miles unfold

A special time of innocence and life to behold

Sail on dear R.H Carr on the gentle winds of azure sky

Trumpeting horn and thrilling pulse of Demerara goodbye

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  • Michael Wight  On March 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

    That was beautiful, Dmitri, I traveled on the R H Carr once, and quite a few times on the boat that traveled up the Berbice River, can not remember its name.

    The words of your poem sure brings back wonderful memories.

  • de castro  On March 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I did see a recent picture of the R H CARR rotting in ruin on the riverr bank..
    sad to see such a beautiful part of Guyana’s history left unpreserved.
    Maybe one day she will be restored to her glory….
    Thanks for the reminder my friend…lovely story telling.

    • Carl Browne  On February 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Wish i knew which part of the river bank it is wish they can restore that its our history and had many great days on it so sad.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On March 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks Kamptan, so much great history of Guyana left in this way-

  • de castro  On March 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    One day tourist attractions my friend….
    alongside statues of CHEDDI and BURNHAM ..ha ha
    to replace VICTORIA in front of law courts…even louder ha ha ha !

    She did not free slaves …rebellion free slaves…12 years a slave
    now Hollywood blockbuster.

    Salud my brother

  • Celena  On March 10, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I can recall my grandmother packing a basket of goodies, for our trip on R H Carr,
    it took almost all day to from, but enjoyed the trip. Thanks for the history
    and making each one of us remember where we were in your story telling.

  • mo mabayeke  On March 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for the memory of RH Carr. I traveled on that swift vessel for decades, and had fond memories doing so. By chance I went into a home in West Toronto and saw a large picture of this vessel on the wall. The lady of the house (Jamaican) was surprised that I knew the vessel at first glance, and said her husband (Guyanese) worked on the vessel for many years… Again thanks for the memories. It’s pity it is now rusting away alongside some derelict dock…

  • Malcolm  On March 12, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Hi Dimitri,

    Your waxing poetic on the topic of the .R.H.Carr, instilled a raw treamor in my boyhood memories of watching the river steamers in New Amsterdam, traverse the river waters back and forth, from Rosignol to New Amsterdam, in the early to late 1950s. These “mermaids” of the Berbice River, bore such names as; M. V.Lukanani(not cert. about the spelling), M.V.Pomoroon, M.V. Lady Northcote,and M.V.Barima. I recall that the trip that lasted for about 25 mins. cost about one “Bit ” that was 8 cents
    Happy “sails” my iron friends, I hope your destinies were happier ones than the one that was the fate of the R.H.Carr.

    • Dmitri Allicock  On March 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thanks guys

      • Dmitri Allicock  On February 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

        Thanks Carl

  • de castro  On March 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Wow wow
    Dimitri HRH QE2 owes you and your ancestors an apology and royal pardon
    for their enslavement and rebellion of mans exploitation of mankind.
    We must find it in our hearts to “forgive” but should never forget
    such memories gone by…
    Thanks for the sweet memories …nostalgic…
    More please brother..

  • Dmitri Allicock  On June 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thanks my brother

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