verna ralph

Rookie (aug4 1949 / newport newfoundland)

Ocean Ranger Disaster - Poem by verna ralph

On a cold stormy February night 1982
A news flash on tv
Out at sea the Ocean Ranger was listing dangerously
Off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland
The Ocean Ranger was sinking to the bottom of the sea
Eighty -five men were cast into the icy sea
Untrained men, No safety protocol
Sixty-five foot waves came crashing down
Winds 100 miles per hour
The men were sucummed with hypothermia and drowned
The famous oil rig went down
The Ocean Ranger it was named
The giant of the sea was going to bring Newfoundland riches and fame
All it brought was death and pain
Many widows were made that night
Children clinging to their mothers
Realizing their daddies were never coming home
Sadness and tears filled every household
They were left to mourn that cold, stormy winter night
Always remember the brave men from the bay
Who sacrifice their lives
Becoming victims of the sea
They paid dearly with their lives
On the Ocean Ranger off Newfoundland, s shore

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 3, 2010

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