#03555
Loss Of The Marion Rogers (Yetman/Blackmore) video
See also: The Schooner Marion Rogers (Lehr/Best)
#1423: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

Under Captain William Hogarth,
the Marion Rogers left St John's,
Loaded with provisions,
her crew would soon be gone;
On November twenty-seventh
in nineteen thirty-eight,
Bound for Trinity with her cargo,
the Marion Rogers met her fate.

Early on the following morning
on the rocks she did veer,
With gale force winds and blinding snow,
the crew's vision was impaired;
The fog horn or a beacon
were nowhere to be heard or seen,
As the wind and snow intensified,
all hands remained serene.

With the lights and horn not working,
the tiny ship was tossed,
Crashing on the jagged rocks,
all hands on board were lost;
Seven gallant seamen died there in the sea,
The loss of the Marion Rogers
will go down in history.

Outside of Fort Point Lighthouse,
Marion Rogers had gone down,
The cries of those brave seamen
could be heard throughout the town;
With only minutes left to spare
they prayed to God on high:
Protect our families on the land
for we're about to die.

Two bodies were recovered,
five more brave souls were gone,
The church bell tolled in Trinity
for those that had passed on;
Those seven gallant seamen
on earth shall meet no more,
But all will reunite on heaven's peaceful shore.

With the lights and horn not working,
the tiny ship was tossed,
Crashing on the jagged rocks,
all hands on board were lost;
Seven gallant seamen died there in the sea,
The loss of the Marion Rogers
will go down in history.

With the lights and horn not working,
the tiny ship was tossed,
Crashing on the jagged rocks,
all hands on board were lost;
Seven gallant seamen died there in the sea,
The loss of the Marion Rogers
will go down in history.
The loss of the Marion Rogers
will go down in history.

####.... Lyrics: James R Yetman [1952-2014]; music: David Blackmore; ©2013 ....####
More information about this shipwreck can be found in Marion Rogers: Lost With Crew, an article by Robert Parsons at Newfoundland Shipwrecks.

A different ballad about the wreck was collected in 1976 from Moses (Uncle Mose) Harris [1911-?] of Lethbridge, Bonavista Bay, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #72, The Schooner Marion Rogers, in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, p.125, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that she was not able to unearth any information concerning this locally composed song, and Uncle Mose could shed no light on it for her. Lehr also noted that it is rather fragmentary; no doubt more verses exist.

Per the Northern Shipwrecks Database, the Marion Rogers was stranded at Lighthouse Rocks reef in Trinity Harbour, NL, on Nov 27, 1938, and became a total loss.


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