#02691
The Final Trawl (Archie Fisher) videos
#1125: YouTube video by holocene81
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Now it's three long years since we made her pay,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
And the owners say that she's had her day,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

So pull away for the final trawl,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
It's an easy pull for the catch is small,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

Now it's stow your gear, lads, and batten down,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
Then I'll turn the wheel, lads, and turn her 'round,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

And we'll join the Venture and the Morning Star,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
Riding high and empty behind the bar,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

For I'd rather beach her on the Skerry Rock,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
Than to see her torched on the breaker's dock,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

And when I die, you can stow me down,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
In her rusty hold, where the breakers sound,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

Then I'll make the haven and the Fiddler's Green,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
Where the grub is good and the bunks are clean,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

I fished a lifetime, boy and man,
Sing haul away, my laddie-o,
And the final trawl scarcely makes a cran,
And sing haul away, my laddie-o.

####.... Archie Fisher of Glasgow, Scotland [b.1939] ....####
Recorded by Archie Fisher (Windward Away, trk#12, 2008, Red House Records, St Paul, Minnesota).

A variant was also recorded by Archie Fisher with Garnet Rogers (Off The Map, trk#10, 2004, Snow Goose Records, Hannon, Ontario).

The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by James Saenz of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

On February 09, 2010, Gordon Morrison of Boddam in North East Scotland informed GEST that Skerry Rock lies roughly a quarter mile east-north-east off Boddam Harbour. It is an offshore hazard to shipping where many ships have wrecked, the most recent being the Constant Star, a small British fishing boat lost in a northerly gale and heavy seas on 28 August, 1987.

Breaker's Dock - a salvage yard for out-of-service vessels.

From Princton WordNet Search:
Cran - capacity unit used for measuring fresh herring; fixed by the Fisheries Board at 37 gallons (about 750 fish). Until 1815 the cran was measured by heaping full a herring-barrel with the ends taken out, which was then lifted, leaving the heap on the ground or floor. In 1816, the Commissioners for the Herring Fishery fixed the capacity of the cran at 42 gallons, which in 1832 was raised to 45 gallons. In 1852 the contents were given in Imperial measure as 37 gals., making, after drying or curing by exposure to the weather, a barrel of 30 gals. By weight, a cran is 28 stones (392 pounds).

The video below features an excellent performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.


#1234 YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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