MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Ellen M Rudolph
Patrick Pennell NFLD 2 Tape 6 Track 2
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: Now, we're ready okay.
PATRICK PENNELL (Sings):

Attention all ye fishermen and toilers of the sea
While l relate a few lines to you of an awful tragedy
Which leaves so many families in sorrow to bewail
The loss of sons and husbands caused by that dreadful gale

The Ellen M. Rudolph is so staunch a clever sea boat too
Her skipper’s name was Blackwood and they composed her crew
The ______________ on board so gay and so bright
She ______ __________ they'd meet her doom on that sad fateful night

On the sixteenth of December the Rudolph left the town
Full loaded with generous cargo for Port Nelson she was bound
With a gentle breeze of Southwest wind the schooner sailed along
The sky was thick and heavy and the night was coming on

At five o’clock that evening through the tickle she did pass
When threatening of a violent storm was showing by the glass
When from Southeast the wind did veer with storms all through the night
Or Skipper's intention was to try and make Catalina light

Not very far out in the bay the schooner she did reach
When our Skipper changed our course again from North unto Northeast
Thinking his ship was aground to keel he spun a ___________
But to his surprise before his eyes a little Catalina light

Not very far out in the bay the schooner she did reach
When our skipper-

(Speaks): No, gone. I’m through sir. I can't do no more.
(Sings):

Eight brave men that very night upon her deck did stand
With eager minds and piercing eyes all on lookout for hand
The wind blew hard the seas rolled high. Oh what a terrible plight
When the Ellen M. Rudolph ended her days on Catalina shore that night.

The schooner scarcely struck the rocks when covered with the waves
All of the crew except one man did meet a watery grave
This poor young chap jumped overboard midst blinding snow and drifts
By the blinding bands of providence was hurled into the cliffs

He made his way all up the cliffs midst blinding sleet and snow
Over marshes fields and valleys not knowing where to go
To look for some hospitality or comfort for the night
But to his surprise before his eyes he saw little Catalina light

Oh early the next morning about the hour of four
After three long hours of travelling he reached Levi Gaulton's door
Who kindly answered to his knock a saddening sight to see
A lad standing there with oilskins on, a miracle from the sea

Come in my lad come in this man did kindly say
And tell us what has happened and how you come this way
The lad was so exhausted and all that he could say
A schooner lost and all our crew not very far away

Along with this kindly woman this lad he did reside
And with hot drinks and clothing warm she soon did him revive
And after resting for a while a saddening tale he told
The sorrowful fate of the Rudolph and the loss of all her crew

This man sent to his neighbours and soon the news was spread
And then before twas very long was raising from their beds
With ropes and gaffs and lanterns too on the night so dark and drear
The path was strung with men and from Brook Cove they did steer

At length they arrived upon the scene but saddening heard no sound
They searched with failing efforts but no creatures could be found
But when the dawning broke again an awful sight to see
A schooner's wreckage was washed ashore the crew were in the sea

Those willing men done all their might some bodies for to get
But the sea was raging furiously and dashing by the cliff
But an awful sight came before their eyes as they stood there next day
To see a body wash ashore upon the heaving sea

This chanced to be a female one so gay and pale
And that's a girl from Hare Bay her name was Mary Jane
And soon with kind and willing hands her body to prepare
And send her along for burial to her mother's home so dear

Not one day had passed away but those men were on the spot
And after days of toiling five bodies more they got
And now that they are resting beneath the church of God
Their souls have took to a place of rest in the paradise of God

Now to conclude and finish let us not forget our friends
The people of Catalina who worked with willing hands
And also this great disaster ______________ in their homes
The father knows what is best and his will it must be done

Two more bodies still are lying beneath the ocean waves
Awaiting for their solitary call on that great judgement day
But when the sea gives up its dead it’s told by scripture too
May the Lord have mercy upon the souls of the Ellen M. Rudolph's crew


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