The Loss of The Venus Star
W.I.

  • Wm. Smith, "Bo" leaves a widow and 4 children.
  • John Smith, "Bo" leaves a widow and 4 children.
  • William Pirie leaves a widow.
  • John Smith, "Latin" leaves a widow and 1 child.
  • John McKenzie leaves a widowed stepmother and 3 children.
  • George McIntosh leaves a widowed mother and 5 children.
  • (The Banffshire Advertiser 22 Mar 1883)
  • George McIntosh, "His widowed mother's whole support" at the time of the disaster, was my grandmother's eldest brother
  • COME fishermen all and lend an ear,
  • And hear a melancholy tale,
  • About seven men not old in years,
  • Who in Portessie town did dwell.
  • It was the boat "The Venus Star,"
  • And William Smith the skipper's name
  • They launched into the deep afar,
  • But never to return again.
  • His partner was his brother John,
  • Who always proved a brother true;
  • James Smith "Latin" and John Smith,
  • They were loving brothers too.
  • William Pirrie, newly married
  • Only three short months before,
  • Has left his widowed wife to mourn
  • For him who shall return no more.
  • George M'ktosh was aged nineteen,
  • His widowed mother's whole support,
  • And John M'Kenzie much the same-
  • We hope they're in the heavenly port.
  • On Thursday they went all to sea
  • With willing hearts to earn their bread;
  • Left loving wives and mothers dear
  • Who little thought to mourn their dead,
  • On Friday night a storm arose
  • And swept along our coast so fierce-
  • On Saturday the waves were high,
  • And friends at home had little peace.
  • News did come from missing ones
  • From distant near and distant far,
  • But all the news that we could hear-
  • No tidings of "The Venus Star."
  • On Sunday morn with anxious tread
  • We waited patiently with fear,
  • When tidings reached us from Burghead-
  • Some wreck ashore, they've perished here.
  • This startling news soon spread abroad-
  • Filled every feeling heart with grief;
  • Oh, Lord, thou know'st the wounded heart,
  • And will send comfort and relief.
  • Now let us all a warning take
  • From this distressing case,
  • For time is short-we know not when
  • He'll call us from this place.
  • They all were in the bloom of live,
  • And looking for a brighter day
  • But the stormy wave washed overboard,
  • And swept them all away.
  • Dry up your tears ye loving wives,
  • Ye children and ye parents dear,
  • Ye sisters and ye brothers too-
  • We're gone before, and do not fear.
  • We were but for a moment lent,
  • Our time on earth was surely spent;
  • Trust only in the Saviour's name-
  • Farewell dear fiends, we'll meet again.
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