Mary Ellen Carter, The

"The Mary Ellen Carter" is a song written and first recorded by Stan Rogers, intended as an inspirational shanty about triumphing over great odds. It tells the story of a heroic effort to salvage a sunken ship, the Mary Ellen Carter, by some members of her crew.

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The song has become a classic of the genre and many artists covered it even before Rogers' death, including Jim Post who began performing it in the 1980s, as did Makem and Clancy, and the English a cappella trio, Artisan, who went on to popularise their harmony version of it in UK folk circles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and Portland, Maine-based folk group Schooner Fare.  Ian Robb , who lives in Ottawa, recorded it with the other members of Finest Kind on his album "From Different Angels". It was recorded by the seven piece Newfoundland band The Irish Descendants as part of the tribute album Remembering Stan Rogers: "An East Coast Tribute", performed by a large number of acts at Rogers' favorite venue in Halifax, Dalhousie University.

****REVISED March 12, 2019 - SR****

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