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Mary Somers 1. Oh, the Mary Somers, as you will see Loaded in Saint Andrew's for the old country She loaded deals and lobsters too And shipped fine men for to make her crew. 2. Across the Banks we soon did steer And shipped our course for old Cape Clear We worked her with the greatest ease And made the run in thirty days. 3. Now we are lying in Liverpool Bound back for Boston with gas coal Soon out of the Channel we shall steer And bid adieu to old Cape Clear. 4. But the Somers meets with a heavy gale And springs a leak under close-reefed sail With her bowsprit gone and her rudder too And soon we'll be a used-up crew. 5. Six days we pumped her with a will While thoughts of home our hearts did fill On the seventh morn, our pumps did sound - Nine feet of water in the hold was found. 6. But in the morning we can see The William Bradley upon our lee We all stood by and did wear her round And set our colours union down. 7. And as the Bradley did draw near And close across our quarter steer We hailed her as she did go past Our captain said, "We're sinking fast!" 8. Then our captain says to every man, "Swing out the boats, save all you can Save all you can, lower the boats away, And on this wreck we'll no longer stay." 9. Then into the boats we all did get Not thinking of the cold and wet On the Bradley's deck we soon did stand To be welcomed there by every man. 10. Now the Bradley's crew was eight, I mean Before our crew made up nineteen, And our grub being short and our water low Into some port in Spain we'll go. 11. Now to the sorrow of our hearts In this port of Cadiz we must part Oh, some will go and some remain - Good luck to all till we meet again! - from Capt. Charles Cates (1899-1960) of Vancouver:PJT Coll no. 180. in the Penguin Book of Canada Folk Songs JB
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