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Wolfgang 30 Apr 99 - 04:38 AM
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Subject: ADD: The Greenland disaster
From: Wolfgang
Date: 30 Apr 99 - 04:38 AM

I hesitate to write 'ADD', since my only creative effort was finding two links (whereas cutting and pasting and adding the <br> might be called a re-creative effort). I like that story and the haunting tune so much (I know it from Figgy Duff) that I would have asked you for the lyrics to this song some time soon, but I found it yesterday. Here is the site where I found it (go there, if you need the tune) and here is The Saga of S.S GREENLAND Sealing Disaster , a disaster that killed 48 men in 1898. Here's the song:

The Greenland Disaster

1. Sad comes the news from over the sea, from over the troubling main,
to fill the hearts of those they loved with sorrow and with pain.
With sorrow and with pain,
to fill the hearts of those they loved with sorrow and with pain.

2. Oh it's less than three short weeks today they left their native shore,
But all, alas, they never returned to see their friends no more.
To see their friends no more,
But all, alas, they never returned to see their friends no more.

3. The Creenland sailed the tenth of March, her crew in spirits gay
Stood brisk upon the barricade as she steamed out that day.
As she steamed out that day,
Stood brisk upon the barricade as she steamed out that day.

4. And with a crew of fine young men who left in spirits light,
Not thinking that they should pass off on that fearful cold March night,
On that fearful cold March night,
Not thinking that they should pass off on that fearful cold March night,

5. They struck the seals St. Patrick's day and then the work began,
With thirteen thousand hoist on board, seven thousand more did pan.
Seven thousand more did pan,
With thirteen thousand hoist on board, seven thousand more did pan.

6. On to the thirty-first of March, four watches less that day, A blinding snow storm soon came on and they got cast away.
And they got cast away,
A blinding snow storm soon came on and they got cast away.

7. There's two young Quidi Vidi boys, there's Chillie and Court Down,
There's William Collins from Torbay, and two from St. John's town .
And two from St. John's town,
There's William Collins from Torbay, and two from St. John's town.

8. The others from the northern bays and six from Harbour Grace
Who on that wild and terrible night a fearful death did face.
A fearful death did face,
Who on that wild and terrible night a fearful death did face.

9. But may the great Almighty God their troubles soon make light,
And ease the broken hearts of those who lost their friends that night,
Who lost their friends that night,
And ease the broken hearts of those who lost their friends that night .

Wolfgang


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