The Wreck Of The Morrissey (Kenneth Peacock)

Come all you brave seamen that plows the wide ocean,
And sails out in winter to cross the salt sea;
Give heed to my story and soon I will tell you
How fatally wrecked was the ship Morrissey.

Both fitted and handled and bravely commanded
By one Charles Bailey from St Mary's Bay,
Whose life was rewarded and name was regarded
The bravest of seamen that plows the salt sea.

We arrived at Cape Breton, that place of no fittin's,
The breeze had displayed on our own native shore;
And out on the ocean we gently went floatin',
The last trip she made down here evermore.

We arrived at the country the place of the station,
The port of Bonne Bay to him as well known,
To receive fresh orders and load with salt herring,
And then Captain Bailey he would return home.

The forecast was telling barometer felling,
The glass was gone down just below twenty-nine;
But poor Captain Bailey like most the brave seamen
Did not mind the forecast barometer sign.

The anchors was weighed at the bows same as usual,
She spread her white wings and sailed out of the bay,
And out on the ocean in the Gulf of St Lawrence
Where poor Captain Bailey could not foresee his way.

####.... Nicholas (Nick) Kane [b.1872] of Port Saunders, NL ....####

Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Levi Everett Bennett [b.1899] of St Paul's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.981-982, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that this is all Everett Bennett could remember of what promises to be a very good native sea ballad. Everett Bennett said it was composed about forty years ago (ca.1918) by Nicholas (Nick) Kane [b.1872] of Port Saunders, NL, an outport north of St Paul's near the tip of Newfoundland's northern peninsula.

According to the Northern Shipwrecks Database, Captain Bailey's vessel wrecked at a location not far from Mira Bay on the east coast of Cape Breton, NS.

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