“The Loss of the John Harvey”


The John Harvey sails from Gloucester for St Pierre in a hurricane and runs aground. Captain Kerley believes they will die. John Keeping ties a line around his waist and swims to shore; six of the crew are rescued. Keeping and one other died.


[The] shipwreck [took place] January 10, 1912 in Gabarus Harbour, out of Boston bound for St Pierre & Miquelon; [the] Captain [was] George Kearley (Northern Shipwrecks Database) - BS


  1. Peacock, pp. 950-951, "The Loss of the John Harvey" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9934 and 3843
  3. BI, Pea950


Alternate titles: “The Wreck of the John Harvey”; “The John Harvey”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)