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The Loss Of The Marion (Simani) MIDI, tabs, videos
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In 1915, on the tenth day of June,
At Burke's wharf the Marion lay,
Prepared for the Banks as was custom to do,
All loaded with caplin for bait.

The wind from the northwest, a fine summer breeze,
As Ike Jones from St Jacques he steered;
And the boys in the focsle made plans for that night,
When they'd all go ashore in St Pierre.

Some were uneasy, there'd be trouble they said,
'Cause Ike Jones was noted to fight;
And at the Café de France on the last trip he made,
A Frenchman had threatened his life.

The challenge to fight was issued that night,
While the cheap French liquor ran free;
The French captain then warned the Marion's men,
He would answer their challenge at sea.

Next day the Marion set sail again,
And so to the story relays;
The French beam trawler weighed anchor as well,
And followed close by in her wake.

She's a Fortune Bay schooner heading out for the Banks,
With fine hardy Fortune Bay men;
But some on the Cape were rumored to say,
She'd never be heard from again.

The fate that befell the Marion's crew,
And their schooner will never be known;
Not a trace and no tidings were ever again,
To be heard by those waiting at home.

Some say the Frenchman was true to his word,
Some say he confessed 'fore he died;
That he scuttled the Marion and settled the debt,
Not taking one man o'er the side.

Families of Skinners and Vallis and Miles,
Grieved for their loved ones on shore;
And the Newfoundland story of loss to the sea,
Was told as so often before.

She's a Fortune Bay schooner sailing out from St Jacques,
With a fine crew of Fortune Bay men;
But never no more will she pass by the light,
With her jib flapping into the wind.

No, never no more will she pass by the light,
With her jib flapping into the wind.

####.... Bud Davidge of Simani ....####
Recorded by Simani (Heaven By Sea, trk#6, 1990, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

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From Newfoundland's Grand Banks Geological & Historical Data:
Marion - banking schooner of Fortune Bay lost June 29, 1915, with all 17 hands. The names of the 17 lost crewmen included three Skinners, two Vallis, and three Miles, but the name Jones was not on the list.


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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Caplin - small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating.

From the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUNFLA) Nautical Terminology and Acronyms:
Focsle - ¹ forward part of a merchant vessel; ² crew's quarters in forward part of vessel.

From Wikipedia:
Beam Trawler - type of outrigger trawler which uses outriggers, or booms, to tow the trawl, with the superstructure aft and the working deck amidships. It uses a very strong outrigger boom on each side, each towing a beam trawl, with the warps going through blocks at the end of the boom. This arrangement makes it easier to stow and handle the large beams. The outriggers are controlled from an amidship A-frame or mast. The towing winch is forward of the superstructure, with the towing warps passed through deck bollards and then out to the towing blocks on the booms. Beam trawling is used in the flatfish fisheries in the North Sea. They are equipped with equipment for hauling the net and stowing it aboard. Typically an echosounder and sonar is used for finding fish. They are medium sized and high powered vessels, towing gear at speeds up to 8 knots. To avoid the boat capsizing if the trawl snags on the sea floor, winch brakes can be installed, along with safety release systems in the boom stays. The engine power of bottom trawlers is restricted to 2000 HP (1472 KW) for further safety.


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Intro:
[G G C A
D D G G]

In [G] 1915 on the [C] tenth day of [A] June,
At [D] Burke's wharf the Marion [G] lay,
Prepared for the [G7] Banks as was cus-[C] tom to [A] do,
All loa-[D] ded with caplin for [G] bait.

The wind from the northwest, a fine summer breeze,
As Ike Jones from St Jacques he steered;
And the boys in the folks hole made plans for that night,
When they'd all go ashore in St Pierre.

Some were uneasy, there'd be trouble they said,
'Cause Ike Jones was noted to fight;
And at the Café de France on the last trip he made,
A Frenchman had threatened his life.

Intro:
[G G C A
D D G G]

The challenge to fight was issued that night,
While the cheap French liquor ran free;
The French captain then warned the Marion's men,
He would answer their challenge at sea.

Next day the Marion set sail again,
And so to the story relays;
The French beam trawler weighed anchor as well,
And followed close by in her wake.

She's a [D] Fortune Bay schooner heading [G] out for the Banks,
With [C] fine hardy [A] Fortune Bay [D] men;
But some [G] on the Cape were rum-[C] oured to [A] say,
She'd [D] never be heard from a-[A] gain.

The fate that befell the Marion's crew,
And their schooner will never be known;
Not a trace and no tidings were ever again
To be heard by those waiting at home.

Some say the Frenchman was true to his word,
Some say he confessed 'fore he died,
That he scuttled the Marion and settled the debt,
Not taking one man o'er the side.

Families of Skinners and Vallis and Miles
Grieved for their loved ones on shore;
And the Newfoundland story of loss to the sea,
Was told as so often before.

She's a [D] Fortune Bay schooner sailing [G] out from St Jacques,
With a [C] fine crew of [A] Fortune Bay [D] men;
But never [G] no more will she pass [C] by the [A] light,
With [D] her jib flapping into the [A] wind.

No, never [G] no more will she pass [C] by the [A] light,
With [D] her jib flapping into the [A] wind.

Outro:
[G G C A
D D G G]


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