“Loss of the "Ellen Munn," The”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940
Keywords: ship wreck disaster rescue
Found in: Canada(Newf)


On Christmas Day the Ellen Munn is on its way to Goose Bay for repairs when it sinks in the weak ice. The children are carried to dry ground. A salvage operation follows and the song ends with a warning about weak ice and sailing on Christmas Day.


King's Cove is in Bonavista Bay on the east coast of Newfoundland. I found a Newman's Cove instead of Newman's Sound as mentioned in the song in the same area. Goose Bay is in Labrador. - SH


  1. Doyle2, p. 6, "The Loss of the 'Ellen Munn'" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 10, "The Loss of the 'Ellen Munn'" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Blondahl, pp. 83-84, "The Loss of the Ellen Munn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #4372
  5. BI, Doy06