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Captain John (Wonderful Grand Band) video
#2406: YouTube video by NewfoundlandMusicMan
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Oh, the night lies heavy on the water,
And the stars burn bright in the sky;
And the souls of long forgotten sailors,
Crying out for a bed warm and dry.

Captain John never came home,
He was lost one night on the sea;
And he bid farewell as he went down
To his friends and his family.

But he had lived his life with a good heart,
And he lived his life with his hands;
And his gallant ship Nautilus foundered,
In the darkness and so close to land.

He was born to sail the mighty ocean,
He was born to sail the mighty sea;
And he went down in Petty Harbour Motion,
Where the waters run reckless and free.

Come all ye bold Newfoundlanders,
Who would brave the wild raging main;
I'm sure that you will remember,
Captain John and his crew of good men.

Come all ye sailors and rovers,
If it's off on the strand you would be;
Life is brief, brief and it's over,
So farewell to this grand company.

He was born to sail the mighty ocean,
He was born to sail the mighty sea;
And he went down in Petty Harbour Motion,
Where the waters run reckless and free.

####.... Ron Hynes ....####
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The video above features a CBC Television video of the Wonderful Grand Band ca.1981 from the CBC TV series "WGB" with Glenn Simmons, Sandy Morris, Ron Hynes, Ian Perry, Paul Boomer Stamp, Jamie Snider, Tommy Sexton and Greg Malone.

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A variant was recorded by Crooked Stovepipe with Neil Rosenberg, Ted Rowe, Don Randell, Scott Swinden, Jim Rillie and Baxter Wareham (Newfoundland Bluegrass, trk#5, 1992 Cassette, produced by Crooked Enterprises, St John's, Newfoundland, engineered by Don Ellis and Jim Rillie, and mixed at Dadyeen Studio, St John's, Newfoundland, by Jim Rillie and Neil Rosenberg); and (Newfoundland Bluegrass, trk#6, 1994 CD, Third Wave Productions, Gander, Newfoundland).

From Today in NL History by Sue O'Neill:
Captain John Burke, his son, and three of his crew were lost on the Brig Nautilus in Motion Bay off Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, on January 1, 1865.

From NL GenWeb Parish Records:
William Bell? - [1815-1865] mate of the Nautilus wrecked at/above/near Petty Harbour on January 2, 1865, drowned at that time and buried on February 6, 1865.

From De-Burking Johnny Burke, An Excluded Canadian Troubadour by Paul Matthew St Pierre:
John Burke, Jr - born in 1851 in St John's, Newfoundland, the city with which he is almost exclusively associated. In 1865, at the age of 14, his father, Captain John Burke, a seal fisherman, and his older brother William were drowned when their ship Nautilus went down in a storm off the coast of St John's.



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