“Chanson sur le Desastre de Baie Ste-Anne (Song on the Baie Ste-Anne Disaster)”

Author: Jerry Hebert of Lagaceville (Manny/Wilson)
Earliest date: 1959 (Manny/Wilson)
Keywords: foreignlanguage fishing sea ship storm wreck death religious warning
Found in: Canada(Mar)

Description

French. The fishermen of Baie Ste-Anne and Escuminac go out expecting to return but the sudden storm takes 35 lives. Hearers are told to be prepared to meet God suddenly. Life is like a large ocean and each day we go toward eternity as in a light boat.

Notes

Manny/Wilson: "Baie Ste-Anne is the French-speaking settlement south of Escuminac." A source for information about the disaster is _The Ecuminac Disaster_ by Roy Saunders. - BS

The Escuminac tragedy was one of those defining moments for its community. Manny/Wilson report that performers sang no fewer than five songs about it at the 1959 Miramichi Folk Festival, and another in 1960 -- one, in fact, a tribute to the area by one of the drowned men. Of these six, they reported three, including this one. - RBW

Historical references

References

  1. Manny/Wilson 17b, "Chanson sur le Desastre de Baie Ste-Anne" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, MaWi017b