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THE NEW SCHOONER ANNIE MACDOUGALL. ARRIVAL AT HOBART.

4 April 1898, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), page 2

…His word play is especially clever in line 11: “Annie MacDougall went to milk, caught her foot in the heather.” The Annie MacDougall was a ship that sunk near Hells Gates , having been steered by William Heather, acting boatswain. (A “heather” can also refer to a bush.) The ship was named for a woman, as they generally were at that time. Thus, MacNeice used personification while discussing a boat that had initially been named for a person, in effect giving her back her humanity.…