Au Revoir to Our Hardy Sealers
DESCRIPTION: "Our gallant ships are going, where rude Boreas is blowing." "Oh, farewell, and may God bless you... May kind Heaven hover o'er you... Terra Nova's sons and daughters truly bid you au revoir." The singer hopes the sailors find success in the ice
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Murphy, Songs of Newfoundland from Various Authors)
KEYWORDS: ship sailor hunting
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ryan/Small, p. 102, "Au Revoir to Our Hardy Sealers" (1 text)
NOTES [77 words]: Reading this, I can't help but think it's based on something else -- but I can't tell what.
The text as printed in Ryan/Small places the name "Terra Nova" in italics, as if it were the name of a ship -- and hence a reference to the well-known sealer S. S. Terra Nova (for which see "The Terra Nova"). But there are no other references to ships or actual events in the piece; I'm pretty sure the reference is actually to Newfoundland's old name of Terra Nova. - RBW
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