Captains And Ships (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Captains And Ships (Crowd Of Bold Sharemen)

And also: Ships And Captains (MacEdward Leach)

And also: Sealer's Song (MacEdward Leach)

And also: Ballad Of The Sealers (James Murphy)

And also: The Ships That Sailed To-Day (James Murphy)

To Harvey's I'll start and to Bowring's I'll go,
I'll name all the ships and the captains also;
Where the North King is raging and strong blows the gale,
In search of the white coats a day they will sail.

In the Ad, Captain Doyle, in the Belle, Jobey Knee,
In the Bon, Captain Parsons, a stout man is he;
And jolly Jake Kean in the spring will command,
Harvey's port steamer, the old Newfoundland.

The name of the ships of Job Brothers and Co.,
The first and the next one I'll let ye all know:
The good ship Diana, Joe Blandford has charge,
And I hope she'll come back before long with a surge.

In comes the Beothic, so swift and so sure,
I hope that George Barbour is with her once more;
And then there's the Neptune, I see it so plain,
And likewise the Eric, with pleasant Joe Kean.

I wish them good luck and from Job's take my leave,
I'll name all the ships owned by Walter Bain Grieve:
There's the Bloodhound, Gate Winsor, he'll yet make his mark,
With Kean in the Iceland; the Cross, Captain Clark.

Their brothers also got a fine man for sure,
Baxter Barbour that sails in the ship Labrador;
He'll fill 'er and bring 'er safe over the seas,
As he did when he sailed in the Crosbie's Louise.

Now and then it is Bowrings, the firm that's well-known,
For the pluck, push, and enterprise and all it has shown
By building that steamer, ye all know her well,
Evan Kean her commander, the new Florizel.

The Kite, Captain Carrol, I wish him good luck,
Once more in the Eagle Joe Kean showed his pluck;
And Bartlett, the Viking I pray ye will fill,
And dear old Dan Green, may he make the big bill.

The Ranger, Sam Winsor be fleetingly seen,
Likewise Noah Bishop and the Algerine.
My song is concluded 'bout captains and ships,
May they all come in with big beards on their lips.

####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland song ....####
Collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from James (Jim) Rice [1879-1958] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.865-866, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also sung by Jim Rice and published as Ships And Captains in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A third variant was sung in 1950 by Morris Houlihan [1885-?] of Flatrock, NL, and published as Sealer's Song in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A very similar variant was arranged and recorded as Captains And Ships by A Crowd Of Bold Sharemen (A Crowd Of Bold Sharemen, trk#7, 2002, Singsong Inc, St John's, NL).


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