“Bold Larkin (Bull Yorkens)”


In 1855 the Elizabeth runs for land in a heavy sea. Andrew Shean/Sheehan, a sailor, falls into the sea. Captain Bull Yorkens reluctantly orders the rescue attempt abandoned. At St John's he consoles the parents and offers a prayer for Sheehan.


According to Lehr, "'Bold Larkin,' also known as 'The Loss of Andrew Sheehan,' was composed by John Grace. Sheehan was a native of St John's. In a version of the song printed in Murphy's _Songs Their Fathers Sung_, the date of the event is '55 and not '65 as in our version. Larkin is also written Harkin in Murphy's book."

Cape Spear is less than four miles from St John's harbour. - BS

Cross references


  1. Peacock, pp. 907-908, "Bull Yorkens" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lehr/Best 11, "Bold Larkin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4420 and 9807
  4. BI, Pea907


Alternate titles: “The Loss of Andrew Sheehan”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1923 (Murphy)
Found in: Canada(Newf)