Rocks of Scilly, The [Laws K8]

DESCRIPTION: The singer leaves his new wife to go to sea. Lonely, he fears a disaster -- and meets one when a storm runs his ship onto the Rocks of Scilly. Another singer tells how only four sailors survive, not including the first singer. His wife dies of sorrow
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(83))
KEYWORDS: sailor storm wife death
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(West,South)) US(NE)
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Laws K8, "The Rocks of Scilly"
Forget-Me-Not-Songster, pp. 51-53, "Rocks of Scilly" (1 text)
Palmer-FolkSongsCollectedBy-Ralph-VaughanWilliams, #45, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Purslow-TheConstantLovers, p. 87, "Scilly Rocks" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior-TraditionalSongsOfNovaScotia, pp. 200-201, "Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-FolksongsFromSouthernNewBrunswick 62, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie-BalladsAndSeaSongsFromNovaScotia 50, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text)
Beck-FolkloreOfMaine, pp. 175-176, "The Scilly Rocks" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lane/Gosbee-SongsOfShipsAndSailors, p. 167, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune, composite)

Roud #388
Kate McCarthy, "Seafaring Song" (on MUNFLA-Leach)
Bodleian, Harding B 28(83), "Rocks of Scilly," W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Firth c.12(118), Harding B 17(261a), Harding B 16(231a), Harding B 11(3303), "[The] Rocks of Scilly"
cf. "The Gentle Boy (Why Don't Father's Ship Come In)" (theme)
NOTES [47 words]: "The Isles of Scilly -- 40 miles off the extreme western tip of England -- are a beautiful, sometimes wild, place where more ships have been wrecked than anywhere else in the world." (Source: Tresco Times -- The Last Piece of England quoted at the Tresco Isles of Scilly site) - BS
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