We Will Not Go To White Bay With Casey Any More (James Murphy)

Tom Casey being commander of
the St Patrick called by name,
With twenty-eight as brave a boys
as ever ploughed the main;
It was upon the first of March
from Carbonear we set sail,
Wind from the West South West, my boys,
a smart and a pleasant gale.

We sailed by Cape St Francis,
we kept it well in view,
It was early day next morning
when we were off Baccalieu;
While sailing down by Baccalieu
five whitecoats we took in.
Cheer up, my boys, Tom Casey cries,
five thousand we'll bring in.

This gave us great encouragement,
we all joined heart and hand,
Like Trojans bold and undaunted,
for to poke her through the jam;
The poor man was mistaken
upon the very day,
Which left us jammed in White Bay
until the last of May.

Now we are clear of White Bay
and home is our intent,
To see our wives and sweethearts
that we left behind lament;
The wind it came ahead of us,
and our course we could not lie,
'Twas in Stag Harbor Tickle, boys,
we warped her high and dry.

We lay there six long days, my boys,
our course got very low,
Some got hungry, some got dry,
and from her we did go;
And when we got to Pacquet,
relief was there to find,
And it was consolation for
the hungry and the blind.

It was of one John Dooley,
may the Lord prolong his days,
And while he lives on the French Shore,
may he live at his ease;
May he be as rich as Dives,
or rather three times more,
He is a proper gentleman
that lives on the French Shore.

And there is one thing more, my boys,
which I ne'er shall forget,
His wife is the brightest woman
that ever I saw yet;
He is open hearted,
a charity to bestow,
I will have his name recorded
wherever I shall go.

Now eight men we left behind us,
provisions we had none,
Along with Captain Kelly
in the Kitty we came home;
And now we're clear of White Bay
and landed safe on shore,
We will not go to White Bay
with Casey any more.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####
This variant was printed in St John's in 1925 on pp.3-5 of Songs Sung By Old Time Sealers Of Many Years Ago, published by James Murphy [1867-1931].

James Murphy's Publisher's note:
This is a very old song, written in the early days of the sailing vessels.

Captain Tom Casey (1799-1880) was the father of the builder of the Casey Store in Conche, NL, one of the oldest remaining fisheries buildings left on the French Shore, and a registered Canada historic place. The rooms have the distinction of being first occupied by Tom Casey who was immortalized in the above song, one of the earliest ballads still in existence describing a Newfoundland sealing voyage. The Caseys are one of the original settler families of Conche, a community established as a French migratory fishing station after the 17th-century. It was a major site of the French Shore fishing activities until 1904, when the French relinquished their treaty rights. Conche Harbour was also the scene of an encounter between British warships and French fishing ships in 1702, leaving a cannon from this battle at the bottom of the harbour.

According to the Library And Archives Canada Ship Registration Index, the schooner St Patrick was built in Newfoundland and registered in St John's in 1838.

From The Newfoundland and Labrador Pilot by the Great Britain Hydrographic Department. Originally compiled by Staff Commander W F Maxwell, RN, 2nd Ed, London 1887:
Stag Harbour Tickle - channel southward of Fogo Island, between it and the mainland, is divided by the Indian islands and their adjacent islets; the northern channel between these islands and Fogo is Stag Harbour Tickle, the southern is Sir Charles Hamilton Sound. The former, though narrow and intricate, is preferred by coasting vessels.

From Wikipedia:
Cape St Francis - located at the extremity marking the boundary of Conception Bay on the Avalon Peninsula approximately 31 km north of St John's, and six km north of Pouch Cove via route NL-20 N. Cape St Francis lighthouse marks the south entrance to Conception Bay and is managed by the Canadian Coast Guard. It was established in 1877 and the current tower was built in the 1930s. The lighthouse is accessible by a rough road from Pouch Cove; walking or 4 wheel drive are recommended. The site around the lighthouse is open to the public as a scenic hike or picnic area but the tower is closed.
Pacquet ("hideaway" in French) - town on the Baie Verte Peninsula in North-Eastern Newfoundland with a population of 184 in the Canada 2011 Census. Located in White Bay, it was surveyed in 1801 by Capt Edgell, Edgell Island being his namesake.

From the Free Dictionary:
Warped - moved a vessel by hauling in on lines connected to light anchors (kedges) dropped some distance away from it.

From Wiktionary:
Dives - traditional word for a rich man in the text of the Latin Bible, descended from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31).


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