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raredance Origins: The Wreck of the Huron (5) Lyr Add: THE WRECK OF THE HURON 12 Dec 02


Might as well throw another one into the hopper. This version is also from the Frank C Brown Collection of NC Folklore as is the one in the DT. This text was obtained from Miss Edna Harris who claimed she hear id from her mother and aunt. No date was associated with it. The notes also state:

"Though the editors have not found any evidence for the authorship...they have placed it amonth the North Carolina ballads because it celebrates an event that occurred on the North Carolina coast, and it was known by at least three residents of that region."

As late as 1946 a publication stated that in a clam sea the bell, tank and boiler of the Huron were still visible. Depending on the source the death toll was between 98 and 106. A few days after the disaster Lt. Guthrie, the first Commander of the District, while coming ashore to investigate the wreck, was capsized when coming through the breakers and lost his life.

Concerning the text already in the DT. The notes provide the following:

"Ballad of the Huron. contributed by Mrs. Jacques Busbee, Raleigh in an undated letter with this note: "This is the vdrsion of 'The Huron' which I secured from Miss Pochantas Twiford of Nag's Head. I have been told that this ballad was first printed in the Norfolk (Virginia) papers shortly after the wreck; and that it also appears in some school readers. But the title and date of the reader i have never been able to trace."

THE WRECK OF THE HURON (Text A)

'Twas a dark and stormy day when orders came to sail;
Mountain high the billows ran, fierce winds did screech and wail.
Around the captain sailors brave the anchor quick did weigh
Of the noble steamer Huron, whose fate was sealed that day,
Although they were warned by signals from the shore,
And the turmoil of the sea and wind should have warned them all the more.
But duty came first to the sailors true and brave;
So out, out to sea they went to meet their watery grave.

Then toll, toll the bell for the loss of the Huron's crew;
Mourn and weep for the sad, sad fate of the noble boys in blue.

Through the black troubled waters the noble steamer plowed.
Higher ran the cruel waves and blacker grew the cloud.
Although they trusted Him above who ruled the mighty waves,
The tempest was appalling to the bravest of the braves.
At last came the cry for each man to his post
To keep the sinking ship off North Carolina's rocky coast.
Oh God! It was too late, for on the rocks she tossed,
And amid them cruel breakers one hundred lives were lost.

Then toll, toll the bell for the loss of the Huron's crew;
Mourn and weep for the sad, sad fate of the nobel boys in blue.


rich r


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