DESCRIPTION: The singer loses his parents and sister. He is treated badly by an uncle. He loses a captain's job at Canso: he drinks the freight and drowns 2 boys. On his other ship only 4 of 13 survive. He breaks his good knee in the Indies and decides to retire.
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
KEYWORDS: drink hardtimes injury wreck orphan sailor
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Creighton-NovaScotia 119, "Guysboro Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST CrNS119 (Partial)
NOTES: This song is item dD48 in Laws's Appendix II.
The ballad mentions Guysborough County as the singer's birthplace, and Canso Strait and Ingonish as locales of his "hardships and pain." Guysborough County and Canso are on the south coast of Nova Scotia; Ingonish is on the Cape Breton coast. - BS
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