“Kenneth Cameron”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Rickaby)
Keywords: logger death drowning ship river
Found in: US(MW)

Description

Reading and McRae are breaking a logjam when their boat washes away and they are left on the logs. Kenneth Cameron volunteers to go to their assistance. After strenuous efforts, all drown

Supplemental text

Kenneth Cameron
  Partial text(s)

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From Franz Rickaby, Ballads and Songs of the Shanty-Boy
(1926), #34, item III, p. 131. From Ed "Arkansaw" Springstad
of Bemidji, Minnesota.

Gilboyd gave orders to James to their assistance to go,
To steer the boat through Miller's Falls that lurks the hidden foe.
Kenneth Cameron, he being standing by, those words to James did say,
"You say on shore, and I will go, for it's dangerous to delay."

(one additional partial stanza)

References

  1. Rickaby 34-III, (third of three "Fragments of Shanty Songs") (1 fragment)
  2. ST Rick131 (Partial)
  3. BI, Rick131