“The Glen Alone”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1983 (Lehr/Best)
Keywords: death sea ship sailor ghost food starvation wreck
Found in: Canada(Newf)


The crew lowers a boat to investigate "an ugly form" in the moonlit. It's the Glen Alone, "rugged yards and splintered spars, her mainmast and mizzen gone," six skeletons and a note that food is gone. We row away: "her deck seemed swarmed with shadows"


See "The Ghostly Crew" [Laws D16] for another Newfoundland ballad of haunting at sea. - BS

Cross references


  1. Lehr/Best 43, "The Glen Alone" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, LeBe043