Union from St John's, The
DESCRIPTION: On December 18 a heavy storm drives the Union ashore. A rescue team boards the next morning and finds "three frozen seamen lashed to the pumps while six in her cabin lay cold."
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach); 19C (broadside, LOCSinging as114210)
KEYWORDS: death sea ship storm wreck
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf) US(NE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Peacock, pp. 978-980, "The Union from St John's" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Lehr/Best 112, "The Wreck of the Union" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Michael Aylward, "The Union from St John's" (on PeacockCDROM)
Mrs. Wallace Kinslow, "The Union from St John's" (on PeacockCDROM)
Francis O'Brien, "The Wreck of the St. John" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
LOCSinging, as114210, "Union of St. Johns," L. Deming (New York), 19C
NOTES: Broadside LOCSinging as114210, as well as one cited by Lehr/Best as being printed in Minstrelsy of Maine by Eckstorm and Smyth, have the site as Mt Desert Rock. There is a Mount Desert Rock in Maine which has been the site of a number of wrecks; there have also been a number of [ships named] Union with St John's registry wrecked; I cannot find any Union wrecked at Mount Desert Rock, or wrecked around February 9 (the date in the broadside), or November 18 or January 14 (the date in Lehr/Best versions A and B, respectively).
Eckstrom and Smythe Minstrelsy of Maine: "nobody knew it, but only knew someone else who used to know it. [One of the three] leaders in popularity among the shipwreck songs of the Maine coast ... About 1904, Mr Walter M Hady ... learned that the Union was a brig, wrecked off the Maine coast at least as early as 1837 .... [One broadside] may yet show that the wreck of the Union dates back into the eighteen-twenties." ( pp. 270, 276, 280). Unfortunately the broadside at America Singing is undated (printed by L Deming, No 62 Hanover Street, Boston). It would be nice to be able to date it early enough to rule out the Dec 21, 1884 wreck of the schooner Union, registered at St John, NB, at Mt Desert Island en route from New York to St John. (source: Northern Shipwrecks Database). - BS
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