“The Maggie Hunter”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1964 (recording, C. H. J. Snider)
Keywords: corpse death drowning ship disaster storm wreck moniker cook sailor
Found in: Canada(Ont)


The Maggie Hunter leaves Oswego bound for Toronto, but runs into a gale. Various crew members do their best, but the ship is lost, with only bits recovered. Six months later, the cook's body is found. Listeners are told to remember whenever a storm blows


Snider said he learned the song in July of 1947. Fowke reports that it was widespread in the Prince Edward County area (where the cook's body came ashore) in the 1880s, but has not been reported elsewhere. - PJS

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  1. Roud #3841
  2. BI, RcTMagHu