“The Jenny Saviour”


Francis Kenny ships on Jenny Saviour "to fish the banks of Newfoundland." Near Sable Island he is swept overboard in a gale. The crew see him drown: "it was too rough to lower a boat for his young life to save"

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Jenny Saviour, The
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From Helen Creighton, Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick,
#115 pp. 226-227. Collected from Mike Gillis, Halifax.

Come tender-hearted people please who love their children dear,
To hear of Francis Kenny just in his nineteenth year,
May the looks of grief on mother's face and features no one can,
Got buried in the angry waves, he was one fine young man.

(4 additional stanzas)


Sable Island, Nova Scotia, about 23 miles long, is about 110 miles, at its nearest point, from the Nova Scotia coast. - BS


  1. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 115, "The Jenny Saviour" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrSNB115 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2783
  4. BI, CrSNB115


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Creighton-SNewBrunswick)
Found in: Canada(Mar)