#02921
The Rose (Gordon Rideout) video
#1441: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

When summer's passed and brown leaves fall,
and dark clouds fill the sky,
The stormy nights bring memories
of saddened days gone by;
There's one about a vessel
that had left the Labrador,
With sails all set for Carbonear,
but never reached our shore.

The summer soon had ended,
and the northern peaks turned white,
Turrs and ducks were flying south,
and the northern lights were bright;
The fishing gear was stowed on board,
all hatches battened down,
A bunch of tired men were glad
that they were homeward bound.

The sails were hoisted to the masts,
a day so fine and clear,
The anchors hoisted to the bow,
they tied down all loose gear;
The thirty-seven souls on board
were counted one by one,
But little did they know that day
it was their final run.

They headed south across the Straits,
no contact with the shore,
Their minds were back to fish
they caught along the Labrador;
But somewhere on that stormy night
a tragedy took place,
A one to be remembered
in Carbonear and Harbour Grace.

The schooner Rose with all her crew
were never seen again,
Her captain Jimmy Keneally
and all three dozen men;
They're waiting on the bottom now
to hear their final call,
When they won't have to leave in Spring
or cross the Straits in Fall,
When they won't have to leave in Spring
or cross the Straits in Fall.

####.... Doyle Mitchell ....####
Recorded by Gordon Rideout (Straight From The Heart, Independent, 1993, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belloram, NL).

From Newfoundland & Labrador's Registered Heritage Structures:
Keneally House (Carbonear) - built by one of the richest, most influential and ultimately, most tragic families of Carbonear of the nineteenth century. The Keneallys were all successful schooner captains and for years business went well. But tragedy struck the family. James Keneally owned a 70-ton schooner called The Rose. In October 1877, the vessel was lost in a violent storm while Keneally was returning home to Carbonear from Azzize's Harbour in Labrador. The loss of The Rose was a tragedy for the Keneally family and all of Carbonear. James drowned, along with his wife, their two children and 30 passengers. The Keneally's third child, Maurice, had been left at home in the care of relatives.

From Wikipedia:
Carbonear - town on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador. The town has a population 4,723 (2006). It is one of the oldest permanent settlements in Newfoundland and among the oldest settlements in North America lending to a rich and interesting history.
Harbour Grace - town in Conception Bay on the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. With roots dating back to the sixteenth century, it is one of the oldest towns in North America. The town has a population of 3,074 (2006), engaged primarily in fishing and fish processing.
Strait Of Belle Isle (French: Détroit de Belle Isle [Beautiful Island], sometimes referred to as Straits of Belle Isle or Labrador Straits) - waterway in eastern Canada that separates the Labrador Peninsula from the island of Newfoundland, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The strait is approximately 125 kilometres long and ranges from a maximum width of 60 km to just 15 km at it narrowest, the average width being 18 km. Navigation in the strait can be extremely hazardous with strong tidal currents interacting with the Labrador Current, depths reaching several hundred metres in places, sea ice for 8-10 months of the year, and variable weather conditions including gales and fog.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Labrador - The north-eastern peninsula of North America, lying between Hudson Bay and the Gulf of St Lawrence, which forms part of the Province of Newfoundland; the Atlantic coast of the peninsula from Cape Chidley to the Strait of Belle Isle; frequently preceded by the.
Straits - narrow passage between the northern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador; clipped form of Strait of Belle Isle.
Turr - one of several sea-birds hunted as food; Atlantic common murre; baccalieu bird (Uria aalge aalge).


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