“The Kite Abandoned in White Bay”


"Come all ye rambling sailor boys And hearken please to me And hear what fishermen endure...." The Kite sets out with the sealing fleet, but her slow speed causes her to be left behind. 22 crew leave her to go home and seek better work


This apparently comes from a manuscript with no indication of author, date, or tune. Ryan and Small believe it to be by Johnny Burke. Looking at the form and certain of the words, I think it effectively certain that "The Banks of Newfoundland (II)" was his model. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 103, "The 'Kite' Abandoned in White Bay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, RySm103


Author: probably Johnny Burke
Earliest date: 1978 (Ryan/Small)