The symbolic and allegorical aspects of the sea and of the ship have been treated so fully and recently by Mr. W. H. Auden in his illuminating study The Enchaféd Flood, that it would be presumptuous to attempt to say anything new about them from a literary point of view. Mr. Auden has considered his themes morally, religiously and tragically; what he has left to explore may at first seem frivolous or at best merely decorative, but when the exploration has yielded its results, some hint of a serious purpose may be apparent.