Ships And Captains (MacEdward Leach)

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

And also: Captains And Ships (Kenneth Peacock)

And also: Ballad Of The Sealers (James Murphy)

And also: Sealer's Song (MacEdward Leach)

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

From Harvey's I'm starting, 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 today we will sail.

In the Ad Captain Dawe, in the Belle, Jobey Knee,
In the Bon Captain Parsons, a stout man is he;
And jolly Jake Kean in the spring will command,
The 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, Job Blandford had charge,
And I hope she'll be back before long with a surge.

In come the Beothuck, so swift and as sure,
I hope that George Barbour he'll fill her once more;
And then there's the Neptune, I'll see it so plain,
And likewise the Eric with pleasant Job 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, Jake 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;
Will fill her and bring her safe over the seas,
As he did when he sailed in Crosbie's Louise.

Oh, then up at Bowring's a firm that's well known,
For the plush, pluck, and enterprise already shown;
By building that steamer, ye all know her well,
Abram Kean her commander, the new Florizel.

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

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

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####

Sung in 1950 by James (Jim) Rice [1879-1958] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Also 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 third variant was collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock as Captains And Ships and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, p.865, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

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


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