The Wreck Of The Annie Roberts (Lehr & Best)

O ye true born sons of Newfoundland,
come listen unto me,
And hear of the Annie Roberts
cut down when on the sea;
About two weeks ago today
the Annie she did sail,
Only one man left left out of her crew
to tell the mournful tale.

O the Annie Roberts Sydney left
being on a Thursday night
With a crew of Newfoundlanders
with spirits gay and bright;
Filled up with coal for Lamaline
that evening she did sail
With her foresail and her mainsail
reefed before a southwest gale.

She sailed along and all went well
till on that fatal night
When a steamer called the Risenor
her port light hove in sight;
Being on the Annie
she bore down and terrified her crew
And with a crash the schooner's side
was quickly broke in two.

The commander of that iron ship
have spun his vessel 'round
But no sign of those missing men
was nowhere to be found;
Only one survivor from the wreck
although he grabbed an oar -
Got rescued by the steamer's crew
and landed safe on shore.

O the commander of that iron ship
have spun his vessel 'round
But no sign of the missing men
could anywhere be found;
But one survivor from the wreck
they carried him kind and well
And landed him at Sydney,
the sad tale there to tell.

The blow is hard for those at home
and those that's left to mourn -
Their mothers, wives, and sweethearts
do wait for their return;
They now sleeps in a watery grave,
with loved ones left to weep
For those brave hearty fishermen
is buried in the deep.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####
Collected by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best in 1977 from Phillip Pius Power, Sr [1912-1993] of South East Bight, NL, and published as #1 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.3-4, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that the Annie Roberts was wrecked near Sydney, Nova Scotia, on 22 October, 1913, en route to Lamaline, Newfoundland.

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