#00145
The Kyle (The Sharecroppers) videos
#2142: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

There is a ship in Harbour Grace, it's been there for a while,
To the people of the town they hardly give a smile;
They say it does stand out too much, you can see it from a mile,
And soon they'll drag it out to sea and sink the noble Kyle.

Now, the Kyle's a ship that's been out to sea for many a long year,
People that had sailed her decks said they never had to fear;
She supplied our rugged coast from year to faithful year,
And now she rots down in the bay in the Harbour Gracian clear.

Now she rots down in the bay in the Harbour Gracian clear,
Yes, she rots down in the bay in the Harbour Gracian clear,
In the Harbour Gracian clear.

Well, ships deserve an honoured death and burial at sea,
And yet their stories and their names live on in history;
Yet history books to children seem realistic not to be,
Than the presence of the Kyle, my friends, for their bright eyes to see.

So, though her brass and wooden seams no longer live within,
Her worn out hull and worn down name can clearly still be seen;
A fresh coat of paint and lettering will keep her for a while,
And the Harbour Gracian history book alive will keep the Kyle;
And the Harbour Gracian generation alive will keep the Kyle.

Now she rots down in the bay in the Harbour Gracian clear,
Yes, she rots down in the bay in the Harbour Gracian clear,
In the Harbour Gracian clear.

####.... Mike Madigan of The Sharecroppers. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by The Sharecroppers of Pasadena, NL (Natural, trk#5, 1993, Ibycus Music, St John's NL, independent distribution).

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From the author's notes:
The SS Kyle, that old "bulldog of the North", is an abandoned Newfoundland coastal boat that now rests on a sandbar, in front of the little town of River Head in Harbour Grace, NL. It was retired from an excellent Newfoundland coastal service in the 1960s and was to be sold for scrap. However, one day during a storm, it broke its moorings and drifted to the end of the bay in Harbour Grace where it rests to this day in 2010. At first the townspeople didn't know what to do. Some wanted it scrapped, others wanted it sunk out at sea. Later, others wanted to do something with it for tourism. The film footage in the YouTube video below is from Newfoundland Television (NTV) and shows the Kyle before it was repainted in 1997 for the 500th anniversary Cabot/Matthew celebrations (1497-1997). The author composed this song on board the Kyle and the last lines of his poem have come true... at least for now!


#55: YouTube video by loveandlaughterlynda
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

#2202: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

SS Kyle Statistics
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220 feet
1055
1913 for Reid Newfoundland Company of St John's, NL
Swan, Hunter and Company, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
1959 to Shaw Steamships of Halifax, NS (renamed
Arctic Eagle)
1961 to Earle Brothers of Carbonear, NL (given back original name)
1967 at Harbour Grace, NL


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