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(Dave Robinson)

The Maria she started her life in Badalona (Barcelona?)
In the great days of sail in fifty eight
In a hundred and thirty years and seven
In her favourite bay she met her sad fate

CHO: The Maria Asumpta a grand old lady
The sea has now claimed her and sad was the day
This lady of Spain had sailed in from Swansea
At Rumps Point she foundered in old Padstow Bay

Cargo she carried from Buenos Aries to Cuba
Barcelona to Palma, Oran and Tangier
She was passed on from owner to owner
In the year nineteen eighty her end it seemed near

The beautiful brig was to have been a film star
Alas for The Maria it proved not to be
She was left lying in the port of Malaga
To be burnt and her ashes cast out on the sea

The Maria was rescued and restored in her finery
To gracefully sail on the oceans again
With her square rigged sail white on the water
Once again proud was this lady of Spain

On every quay-side her admirers would flock
To gaze on the grand old lady with awe
Shantymen sang on her scrubbed timbered decks
Songs she may have heard in the years gone before

Now on the rocks between Rumps Point and Pentire
The Lady Maria has a watery grave
John Shannon, Anne Taylor and Emily MacFarlane
Were lost with the Lady, dashed by the cruel waves

No more will she grace the ports that embraced her,
No more will she sail all on the wild sea
But the Lady Maria will ne'er be forgotten
By those sailed on her and landsmen like me.

Copyright Dave Robinson 1995
Recorded by Baggyrinkle on audio cassette tape "A Pound and a Pint"
Notes: The Maria Asumpta was the oldest square rigger still sailing. Wrecked
off the Cornish coast Tuesday 30 May 1995
with the loss of three lives. The owner and skipper, Mark Litchfield, an ex
Royal Navy Lieutenant, received 18 months jail for the manslaughter of Anne
Taylor (51), John Shannon (30) and Emily MacFarlane (19) It's worth noting that
Mark Litchfield was the owner and skipper of the "Marques" which went down in
1984 with the loss of 19 lives.
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