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Dear Mr. Locker,
I have several reasons for dedicating this volume of Sea Songs to you.
You and the ocean have memories in common. Both mind well that fine old English Admiral, your Grandfather, the warmly-loved friend of Hawke, and the Captain who trained both Nelson and Collingwood for the days of St. Vincent and Trafalgar.
Your father, my father's friend, was the ruling power at Greenwich Hospital. He founded the Naval Gallery which peoples the Painted Hall with the men whose deeds have made England the ruler of all seas.
Sitting among those pictures I felt these grand old