The Dedication of the Ella Minnow Pea

Ceremony written by Trevor McInnis, with a nod to other ceremonies on the web, and with permission to share in the naming of your own vessel.

We call upon our goddesses:

To fearsome Sedna, Mother of the sea and those who dwell therein, beloved Alcyone, daughter of Aeolus, kingfisher guardian of the winds and all that blows before them; the Nine Daughters of Ægir, who embody the waves.

We call upon our gods: Kumugwe of the seals, Poseidon of the deep, and King Neptune.

We implore you in your collective graciousness to take unto your records and recollection this worthy vessel hereafter and for all time known as the Ella Minnow Pea of Tacoma, guarding her with your might and ensuring her safe and rapid passage throughout her journeys within your realm.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

In appreciation of your munificence, dispensation and in honor of your greatness, we offer these libations to your majesties and your court.

Pour a bottle of drink into the sea from West to East.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Oh mighty rulers of the four winds, through whose power our frail vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to grant this worthy vessel Ella Minnow Pea the benefits and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring us of your gentle ministration according to our needs.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Great Boreas, exalted ruler of the North Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our magnificent endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your frigid breath.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Fling a glass to the north

Great Zephyrus, exalted ruler of the Squamish West Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our mildly terrifying endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your wild breath.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Fling a glass to the west

Great Eurus, exalted ruler of the Chinook East Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our spectacular endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your fiery breath.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Fling a glass to the east

Great Notus, exalted ruler of the South Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our exhilarating endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your blustery breath.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Fling a glass to the south

With the goodwill of all gathered here today, the blessings of the four winds, the rattling of the kingfishers and and the mercy of these our Goddesses and Gods, we hereby name this ship Ella Minnow Pea. May she bring fair winds, safe passages, secure anchorage and good fortune to all who sail upon her.

To the sailors of old: To the sea!

Pull back the bunting. Celebrate!!