#00393
Loss Of The Truxton And Pollux (Simani)
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See also: The Ballad Of The Truxton And Pollux
(Traditional)

And also: The Truxton Song (Gregory Edwards)
#413: YouTube video by jlbgrassroots
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There's many a tragic story
in our annals oft' retold,
How sailors brave, their strength
they gave up to the savage foe;
How many's a life was saved in war
by a friendly out-stretched hand,
And in dire events how providence
brought out the good in man.

That's how it was that February,
nineteen forty-two,
When death in a raging blizzard
from out the south'ard blew:
And the victims, when that awful
dawn broke on Placentia Bay,
Were the Truxton and the Pollux
bound for Argentia base.

Bound for to help the Allied cause
and Hitler's grip to free,
The mighty hand of Uncle Sam
was welcomed heartily;
But now, off course by thirty miles,
the two ships blindly drove,
Upon the stark cold merciless
Lawn Point and Chamber's Cove.

As the great ships beat on the raging reefs
with sailors numbed and shocked,
And many who swam to grasp for life
were dashed against the rocks;
While the black oil bleeding from
the tanks blotted the raging tide,
And men in tearful agony
cried out to God to die.

When the people of Lawn and St Lawrence
got the message of despair,
Their thoughts were of those helpless men
and how their lives to spare;
Those Newfoundland-bred fisher-folk,
built of the sternest stuff,
Made for that treacherous icy ledge
to call disaster's bluff.

How the mighty have fallen,
like the ancient poet said,
This winter gale, with its frost like hell,
claimed two hundred four men dead;
By the meek that he chose to deliver
those not yet meant to die,
One eighty odd, by the grace of God,
were hauled from that grave alive.

There's many a tragic story
in our annals of yesterday,
And the loss of the Truxton and Pollux
will forever in memory stay;
For a monument to the living and dead
in St Lawrence proudly stands,
To represent how providence
brings out the good in man.
It represents how providence
brings out the good in man.

####.... Bud Davidge of Simani ....####
Recorded by Simani (Outport People, 1986 CD, trk#7, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

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From Wikipedia:
February 18, 1942 (Wednesday)
"American destroyer USS Truxton and general stores issue ship Pollux ran aground at Lawn Point, Newfoundland during a storm, resulting in 110 and 93 deaths, respectively."

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in our [C] annals oft' we [D] told,
How [C] sailors [D] brave, their [G] strength
they gave up to the [C] savage [D] foe;
How [G] many's a [C] life was [G] saved in war
by a [C] friendly out-stretched [D] hand,
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