August Gale (II), The

DESCRIPTION: "Ye darling sons of Newfoundland, please hearken unto me, How forty brave and fearless men gave up their lives at sea. The "storm on Thursday" comes up suddenly and "all the boats were on the ground around Placentia Bay"
AUTHOR: John Burke
EARLIEST DATE: 1976 (Lehr/Best)
KEYWORDS: death sea ship storm wreck
Aug 25, 1935 - "Placentia Bay was hit by a severe storm ... which claimed the lives of forty fishermen." (so Lehr/Best, but see NOTES)
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lehr/Best 5B, "The August Gale" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Johnny Burke (William J. Kirwin, editor), _John White's Collection of Johnny Burke Songs_, Harry Cuff Publications, St. John's, 1981, #53, pp. 84-85, "Lost in the Storm on the South West Coast" (1 text)

Roud #9431
cf. "The August Gale (I)" (subject)
cf. "The Annie Young" (subject)
NOTES [109 words]: [For background on this storm, see the notes to "The August Gale (I)" - BS, RBW]
Lehr/Best describes the storm at Placentia Bay. The captains and crews of four ships lost are cited. Only the Annie [Young q.v.] is mentioned by name. - BS
Lehr/Best attribute this to John Burke, but the famous songwriter Johnny Burke died in 1930, so either the date or the attribution is in error, or it's another John Burke. The song is, however, found in Burke's collected writings. It seems pretty clear that Lehr/Best have the wrong storm. Possibly it should be the August 1927 storm; possiby it's just a random storm.There are no names mentioned in the piece - RBW
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