“Captain Shepherd”


Captain Shepherd sails to St Pierre. In a storm he stops at Bonne Bay where he is turned in for smuggling liquor. The police find no evidence. Shepherd gets another schooner. The singer hopes this fall "dis brave, undaunted man will have a drop to sell"

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Captain Shepherd
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From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast,
#83, pp. 214-215. "Sung by Henry Belber, Lance au Loup, August 1960."

Ye daring sons of Newfoundland with me will sympathize
Converning Captain Shepherd and his two brave hero boys.
Who toiled around their native home to maintain der families dere,
Until at last dey made a tripe to the little Isle of St. Pierre.

(8 additional stanzas)


Leach-Labrador: "It is a local song of the Prohibition era ... St Pierre: an island off the southeast coast of Newfoundland belonging to France. During prohibition it became a wholesale warehouse supplying rum-runners all along the coast." - BS


  1. Leach-Labrador 83, "Captain Shepherd" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST LLab083 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9977
  4. BI, LLab083


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
Keywords: crime sea ship drink police
Found in: Canada(Newf)