Wreck of HMS Bounty

A song in memory of Claudene Christian, Captain Robin Walbridge, and H.M.S. Bounty with lyrics by Mark Skinner, performed by Mike Whitehead and Tom Harrison.

Wreck of the HMS Bounty

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8 Responses to Wreck of HMS Bounty

  1. David Wood says:

    Nicely done. It would also have been nice to have acknowledged the obvious debt to Gordon Lightfoot and his song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

  2. Phil says:

    Sounds too much like The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

  3. Anna Hawthorne says:

    Very dismaying…..this ‘song’ is a direct rip off of Canadian musician, songwriter Gordy Lightfoots’ ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’.

  4. Mark Skinner says:

    Many thanks to the previous posters for their comments! I have added a note concerning Gordon Lightfoot’s powerful and hauntingly beautiful song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” onto the YouTube page — it was always on the Bounty’s Facebook posting of the video. The reason I used the music from Gordon’s tune is that less than a month before she perished, Claudene Christian sat in our living room and sang a harmony as I played “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, and then commented on how much she loved the song. Thus it seemed the most fitting music for a requiem for her.

  5. Anna Hawthorne says:

    To Mark Skinner, nay lad, ye cannot ‘use’ an artist copyrighted intellectual property…so have you inquired of Gordon Lightfoot for allowance?

  6. Rick Spilman says:

    There is a long tradition of reusing melodies. Our national anthem uses the melody of the “The Anacreontic Song.” If Lightfoot’s publisher do object, YouTube may take down the audio. The video slideshow is beautifully done, regardless.

  7. Harold Jamieson says:

    Thanks for the effort involved in this display of photos.

  8. Kirk says:

    Lovely, yes he reused the tune of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but there is a long tradition of reusing tunes, and with the background I can not see for the life of me, how he could of used another. It is just as haunting as the original song, and I remember when both foundered. I was in College when the Big Fitz sank and at home following the story when the Bounty sank.

    It is always sad when a ship founders with loss of life be it two or 29 or 1500 or more, thank God we haven’t had a Sultana again in the last 150 years.