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 so long ago
1874, christened “Clan McCleod”
Down the bay, that winter day, he builders were so proud

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She sailed the oceans of the world for 20 years or more
Carried wheat, rice and coal to many a foreign shore
Yankee notions from New York for our shops and stores
Then back again, laden down with Kauri gum and wool

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She was then sold me boys for Joseph James Craig
Sailing out of Auckland for the Tasman trade
Carries timbers from the mill to old Sydney town
Carried pine, Kahikatea timbers of renown

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With a change of owner, she had a change of name
Now she sails the Tasman Sea as the James Craig
The Tasman is a stormy sea as everybody knows
James Craig revels there, weathers all the blows

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She’s a ship, a proud ship, as bonny as can be
Pretty as a picture, plows the ocean deep
May she live forever, for all on her to see
James Craig sailing free for all her glory

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2 Responses to “James Craig”

  1. Manuel 7 February 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I WOULD LIKE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE LARGE MASK OF PROW AND THE HISTORY FROM YOUR SAILBOAT “JAMES CRAIG” THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  2. stefan 8 February 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Hi Manuel,

    The James Craig was an English Ship built in 1874 (Original name: Clan MacLeod and bought in 1900 by Australian (living in New Zealand) Mr James Craig. As the song suggests, she was employed in trade between NZ and Australia until 1911. She ended up as a hulk mostly submerged in a remote beach in Tasmania. She was then painstakingly restored, first in Hobart, then Sydney and is now restored to her former glory and sails out of Sydney Harbour

    More info can be found here: http://www.shf.org.au/JCraig/JCraig.html

    Cheers!


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