The Loss Of The Jubal Cain (Kenneth Peacock)
(The Loss Of The Tubal Cain)

Come all you people from Grand Bank
That sails out the harbour pier,
Come listen, pay attention,
Perhaps you will shed a tear.

'Twas of the schooner Jubal Cain
Of which no doubt you've heard,
She was lost on Nova Scotia's shore,
She had eight men on board.

'Twas on the tenth of January
When the Jubal Cain set sail,
She leaved the port of Halifax
And began her sad tale.

The vessel only three years old
And her cargo being well secured,
She was built and owned at Grand Bank,
She had eight men on board.

Four of them were single men
But the saddest thing of all,
The other four left widows
With sixteen children small.

Eight days being passed
and nothing was heard
From the schooner Jubal Cain,
But everyone felt anxious
In hopes to see her again.

Five more days had passed away
With the wind and frost and snow,
There came a welcome message saying
The first reports were known.

Three more days had passed away
When the owner a wire received:
"The Jubal Cain and all hands as well
Reported lost at sea."

We sympathized with those at home
And our loved ones that are gone,
We prayed that in the future
They'll have no right to mourn.

When the Master called our men
Not one of us can say,
No doubt we'll know what happened
To the faithful Jubal Cain.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####

Collected in 1959 by Kenneth Peacock from Mrs Wallace (Amelia J) Kinslow [1903-1985] of Isle aux Morts, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.952-953, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that Grand Bank is the largest community in the Burin Peninsula on Newfoundland's south coast, near the French islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. He also noted the ballad is of fairly recent composition.

In his audio book, Just Listen To The Sea: Tales Of Ships And Sailors, Newfoundland author Robert C Parsons documents the 1907 Loss Of The Tubal Cain from his home town of Grand Bank, NL, with the loss of seven men who left sixteen orphans. No trace of the vessel was ever found.

The first St John's Daily News article about the loss of the schooner Tubal Cain, dated February 1, 1907, can be found at Newfoundland's Grand Banks Genealogy Site.

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