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William Haynes (Sean Kenny) video
#1472: YouTube video by drivermciver
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

In the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and five,
On a British man-o'-war he arrived;
A seafaring man, a stranger to the land,
With guts and God's will he would survive.
With guts and God's will he would survive.

Life on a man-of-war, it was no easy chore,
The voyages were rough and they were long;
Most men were pressed to sail,
but if ever one did fail,
Came the lash of the cat o' nine tails.
Came the lash of the cat o' nine tails.

William Haynes was his name,
William Haynes was his name;
God guide you on your way, William Haynes,
God guide you on your way, William Haynes.

On the lam from the Crown, he fled St John's town,
Though he never caused another person harm;
But if ever he was caught it would all be for naught,
For he'd surely swing high from the yardarm.
Oh, he'd surely swing high from the yardarm.

With all he owned in his hands
he crossed Newfoundland,
To a paradise out on the French Shore;
It was here he took a wife and he started a new life,
Though his family he'd never see no more.
No, his family he'd never see no more.

William Haynes was his name,
William Haynes was his name;
God guide you on your way, William Haynes,
God guide you on your way, William Haynes.

Well the years they did roll, and so I've been told,
He became a legendary man;
He fished out on the sea,
and to the envy of all who've seen,
A trapper high upon the land.
A trapper high upon the land.

Now his people still remain
with many different names,
They know he was no ordinary man;
As hardy as they come, oh,
he marched to a different drum,
He was the kind of man
that helped shape Newfoundland.
He was the kind of man
that helped shape Newfoundland.

William Haynes was his name,
William Haynes was his name;
God guide you on your way, William Haynes,
God guide you on your way, William Haynes.

Now old William he is gone, but yet he still lives on,
On the island and all across the main;
For his spirit lies within each and all of his kin,
And his blood is still running through our veins.
And his blood is still running through our veins.

William Haynes is his name,
William Haynes is his name;
God guide you on your way William Haynes,
God guide you on your way William Haynes,
God guide you on your way William Haynes.

####.... Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL, ©2010 ....####
Note by Sean Kenny: I read a book called The Legacy Of William Haynes by Don Bennett of Port au Port, NL. It traces the Hynes family back through the years to this man who showed up in approximately 1805. William would be my great, great, great, something, grandfather, by the way. The one picture in the video is of my home town of Port au Port, NL, way back in the day.

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From Broadside, a collection of pages describing life in the Royal Navy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century:
The Impress Service - Although the system of impressment seems harsh and arbitrary to us now, at the time it was accepted if not popular. The civil authorities on shore would often do everything in their power to disrupt the operations of the Press Gang. Many men were pressed into service, and reading their descriptions we can see that once caught they usually accepted their fate with equanimity, at least until they had a chance to escape. The Navy knew that the chances of a man running were highest at the start of his service, desertion rates progressively dropped off up to 18 months in service. After 18 months the desertion rate was very low. If a man deserted his ship an R was put against his name for Run.

From Wikipedia:
Cat O' Nine Tails (also: The Cat or The Captain's Daughter) - type of multi-tailed whipping device that originated as an implement for severe physical punishment, notably in the Royal Navy and Army of the United Kingdom, and also as a judicial punishment in Britain and some other countries. The cat is made up of nine knotted thongs of cotton cord, about 30 inches or 76 cm long, designed to lacerate the skin and cause intense pain. To make a cat o' nine tails, a rope is unraveled into three small ropes, each of which is unraveled again. The naval cat, also known as the captain's daughter (as in principle it was only used under his authority), weighed about 13 ounces (370 grams) and was composed of a baton (handle) and nine cords.
Man-O'-War (also: man of war and man-of-war) - most powerful type of armed ship from the 16th to the 19th-centuries. The term often refers to a ship armed with cannon and propelled primarily by sails. The man-o'-war design was developed in England by Sir John Hawkins and had three masts. It could be up to 200 feet long and could have up to 124 guns: four at the front, eight at the back, and 56 on each side. All these guns required three cannon decks to hold them, one more than any earlier ship. It had a maximum sailing speed of around eight or nine knots.

From Princeton University WordNet:
Yardarm - end of a spar (yard) attached to the mast and used to hoist square sails.



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