The Song Of The Annie Young (Walter Hayman)

Ye people all both great and small
I'll have ye 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 brave and sturdy lads
Belong to Fox Island.

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 for the Labrador,
Not thinking they would never see
Their home and friends no more.

There are brothers and there are sisters
Who also for them do 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 home,
Their end it was so near.

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 it out all right.

But as the gale was raging,
The sea was raging too;
It was in the Gulf those boats did lie,
For what more could they do?
The Man Alone she rode it out,
And reached their homes all right;
They lost sight of the Annie Young
About eleven o'clock that night.

What time those poor boys met their doom
No tongue nor pen could tell;
But we trust that they're in heaven,
Safe where the angels dwell.

####.... Walter Hayman (brother of the lost cook) ....####

Found in the papers of Walter Stanley Payne [1888-1952] of Rocky Harbour, Bonne Bay, NL, by his granddaughter Sandy.

A comparatively longer variant was collected in 1977 from Rosy Northcott of Ramea, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #2, The Annie Young in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.4-5, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

The following is excerpted from Toll Of The Sea: Stories From The Forgotten Coast, ©1995 by Robert C Parsons:

"During an August 1935 gale, while bound for the Labrador grounds, she disappeared with all her crew. George Hayman was skipper and he carried seven men: cook Bennie Hayman and six men for Annie Young's three dories, John McDonald, John Warren, John Marks and three men named Coley from Fox Island near Ramea. On August 24, Annie Young and another vessel, Man Alone, travelled near each other about fifteen miles off Newfoundland's west coast. During frequent storms the relatively shallow waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence build up mountainous seas. Small schooners caught in its roiling seas need sheltered harbours; but there was no haven for the twenty-two-ton Annie Young.

"When the sudden gale flew in their faces in the evening, both schooners attempted to lie to in order to ride out the gale until it abated. In the morning hours during the gale Captain George Warren of Man Alone saw the distressed schooner's mainsail torn off. Later Warren lost sight of Annie Young and the next morning Man Alone made it to harbour to report the Ramea schooner would probably not survive the storm.

"Warren's dire prediction proved correct. According to a Daily News report of September 11, 1935, one of Annie Young's dories was picked up at Cow Head - the vessel and her crew disappeared."

Note: Other songs at GEST about the Newfoundland gale of August 25, 1935, include: The August Gale and Forty Fishermen.

See more songs about NFLD shipwrecks.


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