The Loss Of The Riseover (Kenneth Peacock)
(The Wreck Of The Riseover)

Attention all ye fishermen
come listen unto me,
While I relate the dangers
attending those at sea,
For every year some home is sad,
we hear from day to day,
Some father or some loving son
is quickly snatched away.

The Riseover left Northern Bay,
with lumber she did sail,
For she being deeply laden
and filled up to the rail,
For St John's she was bound, b'ys,
her anchors they did weigh,
And with a sweet and pleasant breeze
this schooner sailed away.

But only when a few hours out
a heavy breeze did blow,
That evening it got bitter cold
with blinding sleet and snow,
And near the middle of the night
an awful sea did rise,
It was a hard and trying time
on those poor sailor b'ys.

To save their lives a raft was made
and this was quickly manned
By those poor shipwrecked fishermen
in hopes to make the land,
And as the raft got near the shore
it quickly broke in two,
And carried off two fishermen
of the Riseover's crew.

The fishermen who reached the shore,
their hearts were filled with joy,
But turnèd into sadness when
they heard their comrades cry,
And as they watched them drive the sea
as they stood on the shore,
They saw them wave their fond adieu
and they were seen no more.

The Fogota she was put to sea
to search the coast all 'round,
But no sign of the missing men
could anywhere be found,
John Pomeroy and poor Sparkes
put up a noble fight,
And lost their lives like heroes,
in a gale on Sunday night.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland Song ....####

Collected in 1952 by Kenneth Peacock from Christopher Theodore Cobb [1897-1968] of Barr'd Islands, Fogo, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.958-959, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that this was one of the few native songs Chris Cobb sang for him which he had not composed himself.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Edward T (Ned) Lee [1899-1974] of Riverhead, St Mary's, NL, and published as The Wreck Of The Riseover in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1977 by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best from Ernest Barter of Ramea, NL, and published as #94, The Wreck Of The Riseover in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, p.163, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that the Riseover was wrecked near Musgrave Harbour on November 19, 1911, with a cargo of lumber. Captain Pomeroy, or Pomroy, was in command.

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From When Was That In Newfoundland compiled by Frank Martin:
November 18, 1911 - schooner Riseover sails from Horwood en route for St John's with a load of lumber - on the way, the schooner runs into a storm and goes aground on Muddy Shags, off Musgrave Harbour - Captain Pumphrey from Brigus has the crew hastily build a raft from the lumber, but the raft comes apart in heavy seas - four men on the larger section of the raft are rescued while two others on the smaller section drift out to sea and are lost.

See also: Tales From The Kittiwake Coast, The Riseover.

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