The Wreck of the Industry

 
Performed by:
Steve Gardham
Recorded in:
Hull
Recorded on:
28/01/2007
Recorded by:
Steve Gardham
Genre:
Disaster
Keywords:
Drowning,
Foolishness,
Sailors
 

Archival information

TYG:
67
Key:
D
Time Signature:
3/4
Roud id:
599
Laws id:
Master title:
Industry off Spurn Point
Places Cited:
Spurn Point

Lyrics

1
All on Spurn Point a vessel lay,
All on Spurn Point, aye, all that day,
A vessel called the Industry
Was lost upon the raging sea.

2
At seven o’ clock on Sunday night
The ship ran aground all on Spurn Point.
The swelling waves ran mountains high;
In dismal state the ship did lie.

3
And when on shore we came to know
To her assistance we did go.
We manned the lifeboat stout and brave,
Expecting every man to save.

4
We hailed the captain who stood astern,
‘We’ve come to save you and your men.’
‘We want no ’elp!’ the captain cried.
‘We shall come off with the next tide.’

5
‘Heave us a line,’ we once more did say,
‘That alongside of your ship we’ll lay.’
‘We want no ’elp again he cried,
I’d thank yer to move immediately.’

6
In the space of half an hour or more
Our lifeboat it had reached the shore.
We watched her till eleven that night,
When in distress she showed a light.

7
Into the lifeboat once more we got,
And hastened to that fated spot.
We thought to save all that ship’s crew,
But the light disappeared then from our view.

8
And then we heard one poor man cry,
‘For God’s sake help me or I’ll die;
Me messmates drowned and so must I.’
And down he went immediately.

9
The captain was the cause of it,
Into the lifeboat he wouldn’t get,
Or else all hands we might have saved,
And kept ‘em from a watery grave.

(Accompanied on Anglo concertina.)

Archival information

TYG:
67
Key:
D
Time Signature:
3/4
Roud id:
599
Laws id:
Master title:
Industry off Spurn Point
Places Cited:
Spurn Point