“The Newfoundland Disaster (I)”


Captain Randall, commander of the Bill, abandons his voyage and rescues twenty-five survivors of the Newfoundland from the ice. Seventy-seven are lost.

Supplemental text

Newfoundland Disaster (I), The
  Partial text(s)

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As printed in Ryan & Small, Haulin' Rope & Gaff, pp. 94-95. From Peacock,
Songs of the Newfoundland Outports; collected in 1960 from Joshua Osborne.

We often read of heroes bold and noble deeds they done,
Some on the field oof battle Victoria Crosses won,
The British tars and officers who walked the quarter-deck
Oft la'nched a life-boat in a storm to take men from a wreck.

(5 additional stanzas)


Maher, on NFMLeach, does not sing the ballad but tells the story and tells a ghost story relating to that wreck. - BS

Historical references

  • March 1914 - Wreck of the Newfoundland (Northern Shipwrecks Database)

Cross references


  1. Peacock, pp. 967-968, "The Newfoundland Disaster" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ryan/Small, pp. 94-95, "The Newfoundland Disaster (I)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST Pea967 (Partial)
  4. Roud #9932
  5. BI, Pea967


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)