“Gracie M Parker”


Gracie Parker leaves Alberton for Saint Pierre "heavily lumber-laden." In a heavy gale "she struck a sunken rock ... And all on board were drowned." Two bodies wash up on the beach. The drowned crew are named


Alberton is on the north west coast of Prince, Prince Edward Island. St Pierre Harbour is on St-Pierre, a French island southwest of Newfoundland. - BS

Historical references

  • Dec 16, 1893 - Schooner Gracie M Parker from Alberton, PEI stranded and wrecked in a storm in St Pierre Harbour under Captain Farrell (Northern Shipwrecks Database) (Note that the ballad has the schooner put to sea on November 15, 1893 so someone is wrong by a month)


  • Mrs. Benjamin Smith, "The Schooner Gracie Parker" (on MREIves01)


  1. Dibblee/Dibblee, pp. 49-50, "Gracie M Parker" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ives-DullCare, pp. 136-137,254-255, "The Schooner Gracie Parker" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #12469
  4. BI, Dib049


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (Ives-DullCare)
Found in: Canada(Mar)