“The Banks of Newfoundland (V)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1987 (McBride)
Keywords: grief death sea ship storm
Found in: Ireland

Description

September 2, Irish seamen sail from Waterford for Newfoundland where "a dreadful storm is raging." Three men are lost and others are "washed from off the deck." At morning there was no help for the dead and dying; "Not a Christian here to bury the dead"

Notes

With only one text to work from, we have not been able to tie this to an actual disaster, it sounds as if "Christian" here means specifically "Catholic." - RBW

References

  1. McBride 4, "The Banks of Newfoundland" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #5088
  3. BI, McB1004