Clanna Morna Sessions 2021 – Bonnie Ship The Diamond

We are proud to release our first official video of “Bonnie Ship the Diamond” filmed at the Baumann Centre on the unceded territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ nations (Victoria, BC in Canada).

It is a traditional Scottish sea shanty from around 1825, one of the many sea shanties resulting from the whaling industry of West Greenland in the 1820s. Up to the middle 19th century, over-fishing in the Greenland Sea had had a devastating toll on the great right-whale populations, thus forcing the industrialists to continue their destructive practice elsewhere. The new hunting ground, the South-West Fishery, was moved to the Davis Straits. It was here that the The Diamond fished. In 1830, The Diamond, The Eliza Swan, The Resolution, The Rattler, and seventeen other whaling vessels were caught in the ice of Melville Bay. The ships were lost and many sailors lost their lives.

Produced, Directed and Edited by Clanna Morna
Director of Photography/Gaffer/Camera Operator- Calum Sikander Smith
2nd Camera – Kathrin Heckel
Camera Assistant/Photographer – Megan Adair
Audio Mixing/Mastering – Circle A Studios

Expect to see more of these types of videos in the near future!