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The Wreck of the Rhone

 

Diving The Rhone

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(Words & music: A. Latimer)

In 1867 the RMS Rhone was one of hundreds
of ships to perish in a great hurricane
in the Caribbean. She was a lovely single
screw steamer, with a clipper bow,
crossing yards on two masts This song was
written after diving the wreck.


All the fond farewells were said
The hatches were battened down
When the Royal Mail Packet,
She was a steamin' ship
She left Tortola's town
The bar had fell to fifteen lines
And a dreadful storm was near
She lost her anchors and her chains
And all her running gear

The winds they did roar
And the seas they did rise
Twas '67 and a fearful night
When the beautiful Rhone went down

We've got to take her out to sea
It is the only way
And with those words he sealed their fate
That wild October day
We've got to get her past Salt Rocks
And stand her out to sea
But the Old Man
He was washed overboard
She was taken by the Lee

The winds they did roar
And the seas they did rise
Twas '67 and a fearful night
When the beautiful Rhone went down

Now the Mate he was a right brave man
He helped save half the crew
He saw his shipmates to the boats
And he launched the buggers too!
He took the people to the beach
And then went back for more
His smiling eyes
And steel grey hair
Are yet upon that shore

The winds they did roar
And the seas they did rise
Twas '67 and a fearful night
When the beautiful Rhone went down

Tony Latimer: acoustic guitar;
Stephen Fearing: acoustic guitar;
Dennis Pendrith: acoustic bass
Loretto Reid: concertina & penny
whistle;















The Rhone in the 1970's

 

 

 

 

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