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30 August 2017 0 Comments

Mursheen Durkin

In the days I went a courtin’ I was never tired resortin’ To an ale-house or a playhouse and many’s the house besides But I told me brother Seamus I’d go off and be right famous And I never would return again ’til I roamed the world wide Goodbye Muirsheen Durkin sure I’m sick and […]

5 February 2013 0 Comments

The Orpheus

(c) Rudy Sunde The Orpheus was a proud ship Sailing the ocean waves, The Orpheus was a doomed ship Sailing a watery grave In 1863, she left old Sydney town 250 men on board, for New Zealand bound The Tasman Sea was smooth and calm She made her eastern run Until she reached the Manukau […]

3 February 2013 0 Comments

The Dry Cadrona

Oh I can tell where the cherries grow, By the dry Cardrona Where I picked them long ago, On a day when I was sober On a day when I was sober. (Audience repeats the last line of each verse)   My father wore a parson’s coat By the dry Cardrona He kept a tally […]

21 June 2012 0 Comments

Tasman Buster

Written by Bob Watson (c) 1984 Now, the Tasman Buster’s got a fair old blow And he strikes so sudden that his teeth don’t show And his home is on the Tasman Sea And it’s no use waiting for the glass to fall ‘Cause you’ll get no warning when he comes to call It’s Crash! […]

29 April 2012 0 Comments

Foveaux Strait (Bill Hanning’s Lament)

Words: Mike McPhee, Music: Rudy Sunde (c) 2008 Catlins gone, Bill Hanning too Master, mate and all the crew Down in lat’tude 48 Tried to enter Foveaux St Foveaux Strait, Foveaux Strait Cold out there in Foveaux Strait Wind it blows, Bill Hanning knows Cold out there in Foveaux Strait Big seas sweep the Anna’s […]

29 April 2012 0 Comments

Captain John Mason

Words: Mike and Annabel McPhee, Music: Rudy Sunde (c) 2008 The wind is fair, the wind is fair Make sail and hasten o Can’t get out, I’ll be damned Look to me, John Mason o Down the bay, sailed away Take the helm John Mason o Ship and crew depend on you Take the helm […]

29 April 2012 0 Comments

The Jane

Words and Music by Bob Large (c) 2008 The life of a ship is threaded right through The lives of her owners, masters and crew And ‘The Jane’ would sing if she had a voice That a ship is as good as the skippers last choice They found her washed high on the shoreline that […]

29 April 2012 0 Comments

The Anna

Words and music: Warren Payne (c) 2009 It was 1875 when the Anna came alive at the Catlins River yard of Will McPhee From native timbers she was made, of the very finest grade They built her tough to survive the Southern Sea Gaff and topsail on her main and her mizzen the same And […]

21 April 2012 0 Comments

Barrett’s Shanty

Written by Grant Dawson In the days of sail before I was born My father sailed around Cape Horn With me uncle through the raging storm With a whaler called Dick Barrett And the harpoon struck home And the line it ran out And the whale gave a flurry with its tail And we lost […]

21 April 2012 2 Comments

James Craig

James Craig’s moving now, sailing on the tide Heave away my bully lads, get that yard up high Said farewell to Queen St girlsKissed them all goodbye Heave away my bully lads, it’s now our sailing time I’ll tell you of the James Craig, a lovely ship of old An iron barque, 1000 tonnes built […]