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Red Sails In The Sunset by Bing Crosby
Album: Portrait Of Bing CrosbyReleased: 1935
"Red Sails In The Sunset" was a big hit in the USA in 1935, topping Your Hit Parade for four weeks and selling more than a million copies of the sheet music; many recordings were made, including by Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka, but most notably by Bing Crosby.
The boat which inspired the song was called Kitty Of Coleraine
(poetically the boat is itself named after a song), and it actually had white sails, it was only the sunset that made them appear red. A ten foot tall fishing boat was sculpted and a plaque erected in honor of the song, and the original boat was restored and put on public display in Portstewart Harbour. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above)