Titanic (MacEdward Leach)

See also: The Mighty Titanic (Michael T Wall)

And also: Loss Of The Titanic (Kenneth Peacock)

And also: The Titanic (Husbands And Wives)

On the tenth of April, 1912,
her whistles they did sound,
Her power of motion was released,
her twin screws turned around;
Designed by skillful builders
at Belfast, Ireland,
The honour fell to Captain Smith
the liner to command.

Nine hundred seamen to form the crew,
some wore the golden braid,
With ladies fair and millionaires
strolled on her promenade;
Southampton's piers were crowded
down on that eventful day,
To see the largest ship afloat
sail for Amerikay.

As the engines thrust, great clouds of smoke
rose from her funnels high,
For she was bound down on the main
her record for her to try;
With engines new, her turbine flew
around with lightning speed,
Onto the dangers of the sea
they gave but little heed.

Three days were spent in merriment,
they still kept steering on,
Till the fourteenth day of April,
one hour before the dawn;
When an iceberg white it loomed in sight,
it lay right in our course,
From trunk to keel our ship of steel
was dealt a blow in force.

Upon the main confusion reigned,
we knew our end was nigh,
When our lifeless bodies in the deep
a-mouldering would lie;
O, sorrow mingled with despair,
their fatal hour had come,
When the White Star queen lay on the main
her engines ceased to hum.

O, come to us, we're sinking,
flashed a message o'er the blue,
The titan's powers are broken
and her bowels are open through;
O, come to us, we're sinking,
the message flashed again,
While the watchful eyes of hundreds
failed to see her on the main.

Too late the ship has vanished
and nothing more is seen,
And fifteen hundred all went down,
all with that White Star queen;
As the great and mighty sepulchre
pushed downward to her doom,
Four hundred miles from Boston
and four from old Cape Race.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of The Titanic [Laws D24] Native American Balladry, p.172 (G Malcolm Laws, 1964/1950) ....####
Collected in 1950 from Margaret Power [1918-1994] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada, ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from Edward (Ned) Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published as The Loss Of The Titanic in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.965-966, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

From Wikipedia:
The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean four days into the ship's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship's time) on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

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