#03148
Tribute To The Sailors Of Newfoundland
(Gerry Formanger)
#1861: YouTube video by outportoutlaw
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

They talk about tradesmen,
mechanics and such,
Bricklayers and the loggers
are mentioned so much;
But you don't hear too much
'bout sailors from home,
They battle the sea
and they never return.

Brave men like you never
have seen in your life,
Make a livin' at sea for
his kids and his wife;
No matter what hardships
these brave men go through,
I tell you, my son,
it takes guts and nerves, too.

Our sailors are strong
and our sailors are brave,
So many good men met a watery grave;
Our sailors, I'm told,
are the best in the land,
They come from my province,
to the old New Founde Land.

I remember a story 'bout ten years ago,
'Bout a ship called the Blue Mist
I'm sure you all know;
There were bad, blinding snowstorms
she couldn't get through,
The Blue Mist was lost and all of her crew.

There's so many stories
that many could tell,
'Bout sailors from Newfie that
have gone through sheer hell;
They battle the ocean
from the east to the west,
The job that they're doing
is what they love best.

Our sailors are strong
and our sailors are brave,
So many good men met a watery grave;
Our sailors, I'm told,
are the best in the land,
They come from my province,
to the old New Founde Land.

You've all heard the story
'bout the seal hunt each year,
So many protestors at time do appear;
They put down our sailors
for killing the seal,
But seal meat and onions
is a hell of a meal.

And now I must finish
with tears in my eyes,
I pray for those sailors
who've all lost their lives;
And for the dear loved ones
that they left behind,
God bless you,
all sailors from dear Newfoundland.

Our sailors are strong
and our sailors are brave,
So many good men met a watery grave;
Our sailors, I'm told,
are the best in the land,
They come from my province,
to the old New Founde Land.

Dee dee dee der, dee dee dah,
dee day dah day dah.

Spoken:
Well now, boys, the boat she's ready,
I think we should all get aboard her, right?
(Cheers and shouts in general agreement.)

####.... Gerry Formanger, originally from a small coastal town on Newfoundland's Port-au-Port Peninsula, lived in Toronto, Ontario ....####
Recorded by Gerry Formanger (Side By Each, trk#5, 1982, Country Records, Milliken, Ontario, recorded at Comfort Sound by Doug McClement).

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The Blue Mist II Disaster occurred February 17, 1966. Sadly, all 13 crew, ranging in age from 21 to 63, drowned.

'No Hope' For Vessel, Crew Of 13 (February 23, 1966):
Grand Bank, Nfld. (CP) - The fishing trawler Blue Mist II was given up for lost yesterday, the presumed victim of savage winter weather in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
The vessel and her crew of 13 Newfoundland fishermen were believed lost under circumstances similar to the sinking seven years ago this month of her sister ship Blue Wave, which went down with 16 men under the combined weight of a full cargo of fish and heavy ice caked by freezing spray.
"There is no further hope," said a spokesman for Bonavista Cold Storage Ltd, owners of the 13-year-old Blue Mist II, which fished out of this south coast community.
The company advised the families of the crew last night that they should hold out no hope for the men. However, a massive air-sea search - involving six planes and seven ships - was to continue today.
Hope was dashed yesterday when three of the trawler's four dories were found within 25 miles of her last reported position. Two were overturned and the third smashed to pieces.

From Ernest Taylor of Grand Bank, NL, via facebook:
The crew of the Blue Mist: Captain Stewart Price; Angus Hillier; John Miller and Max Miller; Clyde Vincent; Clarence Power; William Myles; Percival Myles; Absolom Dodge; George Mayo; George Banfield; Graham Rogers; and James Pardy. All except James Pardy, lived in Grand Bank.


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