The Escuminac Disaster – Milson



Won’t you listen as I tell my sad story
Of the disaster Escuminac Bay,
Where the fishermen were fishing for salmon,
For that’s how they earn their pay.

When the storm broke with all of its fury
On June nineteenth of fiftynine,
When the strong winds and waves crashed upon them
Without a warning or sign,

Thirtyfive lives were then taken
That awful night on the deep,
Which caused their wives and their loved ones
And all who knew them to weep.

Some were saved from disaster
And lived to tell of the past,
Of the things that they had seen happen,
And of a boy who was tied to a mast.

Next day when the storm had subsided,
And the news of the disaster made known,
Some helped with the dragging for bodies,
While others the wrecked boats had towed.

On the beaches their loved ones were standing,
And the great crowds they had grown
To view the scene of the wreckage
And the bodies of them they had known.

Some bodies were found in the wreckage,
While some had drifted to shore,
And some of them are still missing
Who may never be found any more.

A drive for funds for the widows
And for those who lost souls at sea
Was organized in New Brunswick
To help raise their families.

The disaster has brought tears and sorrow
To their widows and families;
What seems to me a great pity
That these things have to be.

Citation: Manny, Louise and James Reginald Wilson. Songs of Miramichi, p. 95-96 w sheet music.

2 responses to “The Escuminac Disaster – Milson”

  1. Monique Martin says:

    I am looking for the music notes of this song, we are organizing the 60th anniversary of the Escuminac Disaster and we were wondering if we could learn it. We also found the French Translation by a gentleman that has now passed. Can you help me?

    • Heather Sparling says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a recording of this song. However, it does appear in this book, which has the musical notation:

      Manny, Louise, and James Reginald Wilson. 1968. Songs of Miramichi. Fredericton, NB: Brunswick Press.

      I would expect the recordings that informed this book to be available through the New Brunswick Archives. Have you contacted them?

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