#00132
Your Last Goodbye (Bruce Moss) videos
See also: Atlantic Blue (Ron Hynes)
And also: In Memoriam (Jim Payne)
And also: Ocean Ranger (Kevin Firth)
And also: Ocean Ranger (Michael T Wall)
And also: The Ocean Ranger (Clayt Butt)
And also: The Ocean Ranger (Eddie Coffey)
And also: The Ocean Ranger (Mary Garvey)
#1156: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

Where the seagulls soar and the mighty ocean roars
When the wind from the north blows so frantic;
On the banks of Newfoundland, the oil rigs stand,
In search of crude from the cold Northwest Atlantic.

She's the finest in the land, designed and built by man
To withstand all that nature has to offer;
And the Ocean Ranger's crew numbered eighty-four men true,
To their homes and their sons, wives and daughters.

Look away to the west, there's a storm upon the wind,
Bringing rain, snow, and seas four storeys high;
Look away to the west, will you see your homes again,
Or is this the time to say your last goodbye, your last goodbye?

And there's trouble from within, the rig is listing once again,
And the gallant crew are ordered to abandon;
But the hurricane's too strong, when the morning comes she's gone,
Not a soul survived to tell us what had happened, what had happened.

Husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers leave behind so many others
Who will not forget the price their loved ones paid;
Was it fate that dealt the hand, or the carelessness of man
That led so many to an early grave, early grave?

Look away to the west, there's a storm upon the wind,
Bringing rain, snow, and seas four storeys high;
Look away to the west, will you see your homes again,
Or is this the time to say your last goodbye, your last goodbye?

May God grant peace and serenity to our brothers lost at sea,
Give their families strength to bear their grief and pain;
And if our men must sweat and toil in pursuit of off-shore oil,
Pray to God to bring them safely home again, home again.

Where the seagulls soar and the mighty ocean roars
When the winds from the north blow so frantic;
On the banks of Newfoundland, the oil rigs stand,
In search of crude from the cold Northwest Atlantic.

####.... Bruce Moss of Portugal Cove, NL. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Bruce Moss (The Islander, trk#5, 1982, Quay Records [1976-1983] Stephenville, NL, produced by Moss/Bishop/Caines, recorded at Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL).

See more songs by Bruce Moss.

The variant in the video below features an acapella cover performance by Kayla Mallay of Marysville, NL.

#426: YouTube video by kaylamallay
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Notes:

¹ Bruce Moss dedicated this song to the men who went down on the Ocean Ranger off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on February 15, 1982. There were no survivors.

Jim Dodd; Derek Escott; Cyril Greene; Derek Holden; Rick Sheppard; Frank Smit; Daniel Conway; Terrance Dwyer; Fred Harnum; Randy Noseworthy; John Pinhorn; Dennis Ryan; William Smith; Woodrow Warford; Tom Hatfield; Arthur Dagg; Kenneth Chafe; Gerald Clarke; Douglas Putt; Gary Crawford; Norman Halliday; Wayne Miller; Gord Mitchell; Perry Morrison; Greg Caines; Wayne Drake; Cliff Kuhl; Robert Wilson; David Chalmers; Robert Howell; Robert Fenez; Jack Jacobson; Robert Madden; George Augot; Nicholas Baldwin; Kenneth Blackmore; Thomas Blevins; David Boutcher; Wade Brinston; Paul Bursey; Norman Dawe; Thomas Donlon; Joseph Burry; Leon Droddy; William Dugas; Domenic Dyke; Andrew Evoy; Randell Ferguson; Ronald Foley; Melvin Freid; Carl Fry; George Grandy; Guy Garbeau; Regineld Gorum; Captain Clarence Hauss; Ron Heffernan; Gregory Hickey; Robert Hicks; Albert Howell; Harold LeDrew; Robert LeDrew; Michael Maurice; Ralph Melendy; Ken O'Brien; Paschal Joesph O'Neill; George Palmer; Clyde Parsons; Donald Pieroway; Willie Powell; Gerald Power; Donald Rathbun; William Smith; Ted Staplton; Benjamin Kent Thompson; Craig Tilley; Gerald Vaughn; Michael Watkin; Robert Winsor; Stephen Winsor; Robert Arsenault; Darryl Reid; Greg Tiller.

² Ministerial Message - February 15, 2002
(Lloyd Matthews, Minister of Mines and Energy)
(Anna Thistle, Minister of Labour)


~ 20th Anniversary of the Ocean Ranger Disaster ~

On February 15, 1982, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians witnessed the worst offshore drilling accident in Canadian history. The Ocean Ranger, an exploratory offshore drilling platform, sank during a severe winter storm at the Hibernia oil discovery site. Eighty-four lives were lost on that dreadful night and many lessons were learned.

The tragedy of the Ocean Ranger continues to be a major influence on our offshore industry. Government has continually examined the safety issues that contributed to this disaster and has implemented numerous changes to enhance the safety of our offshore workforce. Major legislative and regulatory changes were made to the Atlantic Accord Acts by the federal and provincial governments to establish strict safety guidelines that must be followed from the initial design of an offshore project to the actual implementation of safety systems during the operations phase of development. These regulations govern the necessary requirements of offshore safety.

Over the past two decades, government and industry players have worked together to ensure that the necessary funding is available to facilitate the important research needed to improve escape, evacuation and rescue systems. New technologies have been introduced including cold water survival suits and improved methods of lifeboat deployment. Training requirements for offshore workers have increased significantly and new facilities have been established to ensure that these workers have the necessary safety skills to avoid tragedy.

The North Atlantic Ocean is a very unpredictable and unforgiving environment. Industry players have worked with government to improve offshore health and safety. Their initiative and success in preventing major incidents is encouraging. New technologies continue to evolve and are regularly implemented. Government will continue to work with industry players to ensure that offshore safety remains the highest priority.

On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, we wish to remember the eighty-four lives that were lost 20 years ago. May they never be forgotten.

2002 02 15    10:40a.m.


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