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Lyr Req: Night the Crissie Wright ran aground...

operapearls@hotmail.com 31 Jul 97 - 04:42 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jan 10 - 01:13 PM
GUEST,999 13 Jan 10 - 02:49 PM
GUEST,999--not the song, but good though 13 Jan 10 - 02:54 PM
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Subject: Night the Crissie Wright ran aground...
From: operapearls@hotmail.com
Date: 31 Jul 97 - 04:42 PM

Need lyrics. Folk song about a high storm in the Morehead City area. The Chrissie Wright was a rumrunner in the 1920's. All I have is the following:

The night the Crissie Wright ran aground and the sharks were eating the collards on the beach...

Can you help please?

Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Night the Crissie Wright ran aground...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 01:13 PM

"On January 7, 1886, the Philadelphia schooner Crissie Wright, on her way from Baltimore to Savannah, was forced to beach herself three miles east of Beaufort [North Carolina] during the bitter winter of 1886. Six of the crew drowned and froze to death. Two of the crew were lost at sea and three were buried in a common grave in Beaufort's Old Burying Ground."
—found here (click for more details).

I haven't found a description of the cargo, but I doubt that rum-running had anything to do with it.

Also, I haven't found any song about the event.

Some sources spell the name "Chrissie Wright."

(Refreshing a 12-year-old thread here.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Night the Crissie Wright ran aground...
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 02:49 PM

More of the story here.


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Subject: ADD: The Coast Guardsman's Children
From: GUEST,999--not the song, but good though
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 02:54 PM

THE COAST GUARDSMAN'S CHILDREN
SONGWRITER: ???

Two little children, a boy and a girl,
Sat by the old church door.
The little girl's cheeks were as brown as the curls,
That hung on the dress that she wore.

The boy's coat was faded, and hatless, his head,
A tear shone in each little eye.
"Why don't you run home to your mother?" I said
And this was the maiden's reply.

"Mamma got sick. Angels took her away.
Left Jim and me all alone.
We came here to stay 'til close of the day,
For we have no Mamma or home.

"Daddy was lost out at sea long ago;
We waited all night on the shore.
For he was a life-saving Captain, you know,
And never came back any more."

The Sexton came early to ring the Church bell;
He found them beneath the snow white.
The Angels made room for the orphans to dwell
In Heaven with Mamma that night.

Their Mamma's in Heaven, God took her away,
Left Jim and his sister alone.
They came here to stay, 'til the close of the day,
For they had no Mamma or home.

SOURCE: ???


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