Courtown Fishermen, The
DESCRIPTION: On June 9 a crowd collects at Courtown Harbour: "I fear the Glenrose she is lost" with six on board, capsized on the fishing ground by a sudden squall. "How could you pass them by ... For pity they besought of you to snatch them from the waves."
EARLIEST DATE: 1948 (Ranson)
KEYWORDS: drowning sea ship storm wreck fishing
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ranson, pp. 107-108, "The Courtown Fishermen" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Pomona (I)" (tune)
NOTES: Ranson: Tune is "The Pomona" on p. 62.
Ranson has [an] alternative verse that explains the condemnation
"To see those men condemned to death, it was a dismal sight,
While one poor man upon an oar for his life did boldly fight.
And you, hard-hearted Arklowmen, why did you pass them by?
Aloud to you for help they called; you heard their drowning cry"
Arklow is on the south east coast of County Wicklow; Courtown is on the north east coast of County Wexford. "Courtown is a small harbour situated on the south east coast of Ireland approx. 15 nautical miles south of Arklow" according to the Courtown Sailing Club Online site. - BS
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