“Captain Bill Ryan Left Terry Behind”


"Terry is a fine young man, But he has lots of 'chaw.'" As several ships, including Terry's Esquimaux, get stuck in the ice, Bill Ryan abandons Terry "To paddle his own canoe."

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Captain Bill Ryan Left Terry Behind
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As printed in Ryan & Small, Haulin' Rope & Gaff, p. 32. From the first (1927)
edition of Doyle's Old Time Songs and Poetry of Newfoundland.

Terry is a fine young man,
But he has lots of "chaw,"
He thought to do the devil an all,
When he got the Esquimaux.

The Mary Joyce is stuck in the ice,
And so is the Osprey too.
Captain Bill Rya left Terry behind,
To paddle his own canoe.

(3 additional stanzas)

Cross references


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 32, "Captain Bill Ryan Left Terry Behind" (1 text)
  2. ST RySm032 (Partial)
  3. Roud #12532
  4. BI, RySm032


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Doyle)
Keywords: hunting ship disaster
Found in: Canada(Newf)