The Skelton Castle (1806)

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This song is based on letters sent from my ancestor Thomas Hunter to
his mother whilst Thomas was en route to India aboard the Skelton Castle.
The ship was wrecked in 1806 and never discovered.


Dear mother,

I apologise for not writing you sooner, for my time is as scarce as money
and I dare say you know that I am not in plenty stock of it, and my coat
it is done, I wear my Sunday one. Dear mother, I got the five pounds it
washed the tears from my eyes as I saw your real heart laid before me.
Still I have not gotten post from my brother and my hand trembles as I am
so angry about it. I am your son and I hoped to give you comfort in your
old age. When in India I will be able to send you more, expect a letter from
me two days from when we land ashore.

I am your faithful and loving son


from Man Alive, released July 20, 2014



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Sainthill Melbourne, Australia

Sainthill is a Melbourne-based musician who deals in sparse, lonesome Australiana. Dream-like, slow and melancholic, Sainthill's gently pensive songs paint vignettes of death, fear, friendship, family and hope. Sainthill released his album Man Alive back in 2014 before buggering off to the US for a bit. He’s now back down under where his music arguably belongs. ... more

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