The Lady Maria (Dave Robinson) The Maria she started her life in Badalona (Barcelona?) In the great days of sail in fifty eight In a hundred and thirty years and seven In her favourite bay she met her sad fate CHO: The Maria Asumpta a grand old lady The sea has now claimed her and sad was the day This lady of Spain had sailed in from Swansea At Rumps Point she foundered in old Padstow Bay Cargo she carried from Buenos Aries to Cuba Barcelona to Palma, Oran and Tangier She was passed on from owner to owner In the year nineteen eighty her end it seemed near The beautiful brig was to have been a film star Alas for The Maria it proved not to be She was left lying in the port of Malaga To be burnt and her ashes cast out on the sea The Maria was rescued and restored in her finery To gracefully sail on the oceans again With her square rigged sail white on the water Once again proud was this lady of Spain On every quay-side her admirers would flock To gaze on the grand old lady with awe Shantymen sang on her scrubbed timbered decks Songs she may have heard in the years gone before Now on the rocks between Rumps Point and Pentire The Lady Maria has a watery grave No more will she grace the ports that embraced her They can only remember the pleasure she gave Copyright Dave Robinson 1995 Recorded by Baggyrinkle on audio cassette tape "A Pound and a Pint" Notes: The Maria Asumpta was the oldest square rigger still sailing. Wrecked off the Cornish coast Tuesday 30 May 1995 with the loss of three lives. The owner and skipper, Mark Litchfield, an ex Royal Navy Lieutenant, received 18 months jail for the manslaughter of Anne Taylor (51), John Shannon (30) and Emily MacFarlane (19) It's worth noting that Mark Litchfield was the owner and skipper of the "Marques" which went down in 1984 with the loss of 19 lives. MR oct00
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