X it for Xtreme Measures

X has been found, really found!  It's the A to Z Challenge, and letter X is for today.  I have been searching for a lobster boat that begins with the letter X for quite some time.  and I found it a couple of days ago.
I have not yet met Xtreme Measures in person, but found its news article online.  It is a lobster boat that was lost off Spruce Head in a blizzard.  It had been lost for 10 days in February, but was located adrift about 150 miles away.
Story here: Bangor Daily News.
"Xtreme Measures"
The night was dark
And fearsome;
No stars to
Guide the way.
The sky was thick
With snowflakes;
No twinkle
Nor moon ray.
The waves were cold
And mighty;
No rest for
Boats this day.
With blust'ry winds
For weather,
The snow could
Hide a stray.

The boat was tossed
And tugging;
No hope to
Hold her tight.
The ropes were frayed
And loosened;
No crew to
Head her right.
The craft was sure
And worthy
As winds would
Give her flight.
The boat would go
Until the
Next daylight.

For days no one
Could find her,
But still she
Tried to cope.
She wandered far
And yonder,
Until she
Felt taught rope;
A bit relieved
And tired
About to
Give up hope.
She gave in to
The guidance
No more to
Blindly grope.

At last this boat
Was rescued
From out the
White-cap foam.
The captain was
His boat was
Guided home,
The miles of isles
and shoreland
He no more
Had to comb.
Still even keeled
And steady
She never
More would roam.



  1. Wow. I like the way your poem reads. It has a certain flow to it. Nice choice for 'X'.

    1. Thanks Sania. i was so relieved to have found this X name - probably almost as excited as the owner was when he found out she'd been found after the blizzard!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Catherine. Loved your rebellious chalk poem!

  3. Happy that X appeared! Good story/poem too.

    1. It must have been odd to be the one that found her adrift out there. What are the chances of it being found in all that ocean?

  4. I felt relief when I read, "At last this boat/Was rescued/From out the/White-cap foam." What beautiful images you painted with your words in this poem!

    1. Thanks, Stacey. I can just imagine that poor boat just floating about getting farther and farther out to sea. The owner, I'm pretty sure, never thought he'd find it undamaged.

  5. Boy was that boat perfectly named or what? We were on a mooring once when our boat broke partially free. Had some damaged, luckily cosmetic. Could have been a lot worse.

    1. This was just amazing - to find it after over a week and out at sea. It could have ended up on the rocks so easily!

  6. Just stopping by from the A-Z Challenge list to say "Hi" :)

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge, although, not far to go now ;)

    xx (www.the-view-outside.com)

    1. Almost to the end! What to do next? I'll stop by your place in the morning!

  7. I'm so impressed that you found an X! Well, by this whole project, really.

    1. This has been fun. I just have to get around and try to photograph a few of the boats that I didn't see in person now! Z's boat is going to require a trip out to an island if I want to see it!


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