The Little Western

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The Little Western was a 16' 7' lapstrake, double-ended dory that sailed from Gloucester, Massachusetts to Cowes, England in 1880. Her crew consisted of Frederick Norman and George P. Thomas. She was the first to sail, both ways, across the Atlantic in a boat under 20'.

Fae loves a good underdog story. This one was a great one. The sailing journals of the Little Western can be found online through Google Books. The men loved coffee and brought aboard alcohol and kerosene to burn on the boat to make their coffee twice a day.

This song has already won two awards:
First place in the Robert Kotta Songwriting contest
Second Place in the Seattle Maritime Festival's Stories of the Sea


The Little Western

It was the 12th of June 1880,
from Gloucester, Mass. we board a 16’ dory.
We had provisions for coffee twice a day;
to cross the Atlantic was impossible they say.

Yet we tossed off the dock lines that day.
Raised the sail, we’re on our way!
We’re bound for England and don’t you forget:
it’s a long, long way from home.

We traveled forth, 60 miles a day.
At times, we met other ships along the way.
A British Steamer cried, “Boys! Are you wrecked!?” No!
The Little Western’s the smallest boat to cross this ocean yet!


And the winds began to blow!
And the seas rose below.
And the skies open wide with disdain.
We were tossed up and over and twice down again.
And we lost our course in the waves and the rain and
The Little Western sailed for her life and not her fame.

The morning after we soaked in the sun,
bailed the water, and managed the undone.
We sipped our coffee as the fog lifted slow
and there unfolded the banks of England. Land Ho!



from Never Go Back, released August 23, 2016
words and music by S. Fae Wiedenhoeft ASCAP


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Since 2007, Fae Wiedenhoeft and her band have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic Folk. Their award winning, traditional sounding compositions and clever story songs are loved and revered by many across the globe.
They have traveled to many places with their music and cannot wait to share some stories with you!
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