On September 13, 1882, the steamer "Asia" left Collingwood, bound for lumber camps near the mouth of the French River near the top of Georgian Bay. She sank in a storm with the loss of crew and passengers. There were only two survivors - a teenaged boy and girl. This song became a classic in the region and elsewhere on the Great Lakes. The version here is from C.H.J. Snider (1879-1971), who wrote both books and a newspaper column ("Schooner Days") about the days of sail on the Lakes. He had sailed on commercial vessels as a young man in the 1890s. The linked recording is available from Smithsonian Folkways Records.
|Title||WRECK OF THE ASIA|
|Subject||Other Music, Dance & Entertainments Lakes & Rivers|
|Keywords||Asia Collingwood Georgian Bay Great Lakes Snider Wreck|
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