#03263
The Joseph And Clara Smallwood (Bobby Evans)

Spoken:
I want to dedicate this song
to the captain and the crew of the
Joseph And Clara Smallwood, the folks I've had
the pleasure of working with for the past few years.
All the best gang.

I came 'board this great ship some short years ago,
The Joseph And Clara, a name you all know;
She takes Newfoundlanders up to the mainland,
And then she brings mainlanders back home again.

Argentia, North Sydney, on to Port aux Basques,
At twenty-two knots, boy, she goes pretty fast;
It all runs like clockwork from start to the end,
With a short stop in each port 'fore sailing again.

So, here's to the captain and here's to the crew,
Don't change a thing, gang, whatever you do;
You're the best of the best, it's so easy to see,
Why the crew and the Smallwood
mean the whole world to me.

With thousands of passengers on every day,
There's people from nearby and so far away;
The new friends we meet from all over this land,
It's nice to chat with them
and then shake their hand.

There's all kinds of things to do when we set sail,
There's bingo and movies and
you may see some whales;
There's toe-tapping songs that the singers will play,
And smiles from the crew will help make your day.

So, here's to the captain and here's to the crew,
Don't change a thing, gang, whatever you do;
You're the best of the best, it's so easy to see,
Why the crew and the Smallwood
mean the whole world to me.

Yes, here's to the captain and here's to the crew,
Don't change a thing, gang, whatever you do;
You're the best of the best, it's so easy to see,
Why the crew and the Smallwood
mean the whole world to me.
Why the crew and the Smallwood
mean the whole world to me.

####.... Bobby Evans (Fred Rowsell), Margaret Rowsell, Lee Vaughn (Vaughn Rowsell) © 1994 ....####
Recorded by Bobby Evans (Songs Of The Island, trk#7, 1994, Top Sound Recording, Ltd, Glovertown, NL, produced by Bobby Evans and Lee Vaughn. Bobby Evans (Fred Rowsell) was born and raised in Glovertown; Margaret Rowsell is his wife; Lee Vaughn (Vaughn Rowsell) is his son.

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From Wikepedia:
MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood - Marine Atlantic passenger/vehicle ferry which operated between Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island in eastern Canada, named after the first Newfoundland and Labrador premier, Joseph R Smallwood and his wife Clara. She is the sister ship of the MV Caribou, and replaced the MV Ambrose Shea in 1989, reducing the 280 nautical mile (520 km) trip during the winter season from an 18 to a 14 hour schedule. During the northern hemisphere fall, winter and spring seasons, MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood joined her sister ship Caribou, along with MV Leif Ericson on Marine Atlantic's 96 nautical mile (178 km) primary route between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Channel-Port aux Basques, NL. As of March 10, 2011, the Smallwood had been retired to make way for the MV Blue Puttees and MV Highlanders which are on a five-year charter from Stena Line. On August 11, 2011, it was announced that MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood had been sold to a company from the Marshall Islands. Her name was shortened to MV Smallwood, and she sailed to Alang, India, for scrap along with her elder sister MV Caribou.



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