… the Persian collided with the E.B. Allen — September 16th, 1868. The E.B. Allen survived to report the crash, but the Persian went down with all hands lost. A few years later, Patrick Fennell wrote a poem, “The Loss of the Schooner Persian on Lake Huron”, which, when set to an old tune, became one of the most popular songs found on ships and in lumber camps on the Great Lakes.
I only realized early this month that this was the big anniversary. I hoped to get Whisky and Water into one of our home studios to record it, but we were all too busy to find a time. But I did get our Randy Bunting to sing it at the session, and the lovely Jennifer Foster videoed (most) of it.