Tags: 1935 Annie Young
1. Ye people all both great and small, I’ll have you to understand
The perils of the ocean when you are safe on land;
It’s concerning of the Annie Young, George Hayman in command,
And seven more bold and sturdy lads belong to Fox Island.
2. On the twenty-fourth of August the truth I will relate,
In nineteen hundred and thirty-five those poor men met their fate.
They left their homes all full of joy, bound on the Labrador;
Not thinking they would never see their home or friends no more.
3.The Man Alone was close alongside, George Warren in command;
As they were keeping company about fifteen miles from land.
The gale did blow so heavy, and it was growing night;
They were forced to bring their schooners to, thought they’d ride out all right.
4.But as the gale was raging, the seas were raging too;
It was in the Gulf those boats did lie, and what more could they do.
The Man Alone she rode it out, and they reached their homes all right;
They lost sight of the light of the Annie Young about eleven o’clock that night.
5. What time those poor boys met their doom no tongue nor pen can tell;
But we trust that they’re in heaven, safe with the angels dwell.
We know they fought hard for their lives, but it was all in vain;
They sank below in a watery grave, and we’ll never see them again.
6. The Annie Young was twenty-two tons and she was two years old;
To look upon this noble boat she seemed to be very bold.
The skipper of the Man Alone those words I heard him say:
“That evening when the gale came on her mainsail tore away.”
7. The skipper was thirty-four years of age, left a wife and children three;
We trust that they’ll be looked upon and always happy be.
We know he thought upon them when he saw he was doomed to die;
To think of him lying in the deep, how mournful they would cry.
8. The second hand was a pleasant man, John McDonald was his name;
He also left two children, we know he felt the same .
To think about his orphans he was going to leave behind;
We know he felt broken-hearted when they passed through his mind .
9. The other six were all single lads with hearts both brave and strong;
Three of them were Coley boys, Fox Island did belong .
John Warren and Bennie Hayman, the cook they had on board;
And Johnnie Marks was the other lad that was called home by the Lord.
10.Those poor men all left parents who sadly for them weep;
And talk about their loved ones that are lying in the deep.
Their looks will never be forgot while relations do remain;
Their places never will be filled in Fox Island again.
11. There are brothers and there are sisters who also for them weep;
But they trust that God has guided them to a home of rest and sleep.
We know it’s hard to think about those eight young lives so fair;
So little they thought when they left their home, their end it was so near.
12. So now my song is ended, I’ll close it with regret.
We may sail the ocean all around and dangers never meet;
But we must all trust in the Lord and give to Him our love,
That He may send us mercy from the heavens up above.
Source: Lehr, Genevieve, and Anita Best. Come and I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985, p.4-5.