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Lyr Req: Loss of the Brig Jura (Newfoundland song)

Crane Driver 27 Jan 04 - 03:31 AM
Metchosin 27 Jan 04 - 04:12 AM
Crane Driver 27 Jan 04 - 04:54 PM
Joe Offer 28 Jan 04 - 03:49 PM
Crane Driver 30 Jan 04 - 12:16 AM
GUEST,wschultz@nhpd.org 30 Jan 04 - 10:05 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 30 Jan 04 - 01:50 PM
GEST 30 May 12 - 04:19 PM
Crane Driver 30 May 12 - 04:56 PM
GUEST,rockhound62 28 Mar 16 - 10:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song
From: Crane Driver
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 03:31 AM

As a singer of maritime songs based in Swansea, (Old South Wales) I'm interested in anything to do with Swansea shipping. I recently came across a reference to a song called "The Loss of the Brig Jura" about a Swansea ship which was carrying copper ore from Tilt Cove, Newfoundland, to South Wales. The song is apparently in a book called "Old Songs of Newfoundland" put together and published by a James Murphy in 1929. This work, I guess, is not readily available in the UK. If any of our Trans-ponder cousins can oblige, I would be eternally grateful. I'd like the tune as well as the words, if possible - perhaps some kind soul could scan the page(s) and e-mail me a bitmap - PM for the addy if you can help. Thanks, 'Catters.

Andrew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song
From: Metchosin
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 04:12 AM

Here is a bit of history and some of the words
    Freight rates in the 1870s allowed ore to travel more cheaply to Swansea by sea from Newfoundland than by rail from Cornwall. Even so, the sea voyage across the Atlantic Ocean had its dangers. On 25 September 1875, the brig Jura left Tilt Cove for Swansea with a load of copper ore and ran into a storm that broke open the main hatch and toppled the masts. As one of the ten sailors aboard related in a song called 'Loss of the Brig Jura':

    "We worked to clear the wreck while the tempest loud did roar,
    And we sadly thought of home and friends we never might see no more;
    While some were lashed unto the pumps to keep the vessel free,
    And more were heaving copper ore into the raging sea."

    Their valiant efforts failed to save the brig, and at last crewmen had to climb upon a passing barque and leave the Jura to her doom:

    "With four feet of water in her hold, her mast and booms just gone,
    She would be at the bottom long before the day was done,
    With a heavy load of copper ore the Jura she went down,
    And she was bound from Tilt Cove across to Swansea town.(29)"


Information copy-pasted from the link cited above.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song
From: Crane Driver
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 04:54 PM

Yes, that was where I found it in the first place (nice try though - thanks). Now all I want is the rest of it.

Andrew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song-Loss of the Brig Jura
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 03:49 PM

This page gives a map, and a little information about the loss of the brig Jura.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song-Loss of the Brig Jura
From: Crane Driver
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 12:16 AM

Still hoping (and thanks, Joe)

Andrew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song-Loss of the Brig Jura
From: GUEST,wschultz@nhpd.org
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 10:05 AM

I have a copy of the Peacock 3 volume set "Songs of the Newfoundland Outports" at home, that as I remember has a number of "Loss of....." type songs in it. I'll check and if it's in there I'll try to get it to you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newfoundland song-Loss of the Brig Jura
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 01:50 PM

Peacock, "Songs of the Newfoundland Outports," 3 vol.- 15 songs "The Loss of ....", 2 "The Wreck of..." and several 'tragedies', but no Jura.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loss of the Brig Jura (Newfoundland song)
From: GEST
Date: 30 May 12 - 04:19 PM

Lyrics and background information at GEST Songs of Newfoundland amd Labrador:
http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/34/foundered.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loss of the Brig Jura (Newfoundland song)
From: Crane Driver
Date: 30 May 12 - 04:56 PM

Well, thank you very much for that. Mudcat comes up trumps again.

Andrew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loss of the Brig Jura (Newfoundland song)
From: GUEST,rockhound62
Date: 28 Mar 16 - 10:04 AM

So has anyone found the tune for this ballad? I am interested in including it in a show I am writing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loss of the Brig Jura (Newfoundland song)
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 16 - 12:41 PM

Tilt Cove
P.O. Box 22
Tilt Cove, NL
A0K 3M0

Margaret Collins is the town clerk. If no one here comes up with an 'official' melody, perhaps a letter asking to what tune the words are sung would yield results.


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