#01372
Sealer's Song (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: Ships And Captains (MacEdward Leach)
And also: The Ships That Sailed To-Day (James Murphy)

On the Terra Nova Captain Kean
with two hundred and ten,
Went through the gap this morning
for to try her luck again;
The screaming of the Eagle was heard
both high and low,
Commander, son of Abraham,
young sturdy Captain Joe.

Next came the stout Aurora
commanded by Dan Green,
Then Captain Sam Bob Winsor
in Bowring's Algerine;
Chased by the bold ice Ranger
bound on her sealing quest,
No notice to the danger
and with a Bishop she is blest.

George Blandford sails the Vanguard,
the pride of Baine Johnston,
Now long live Captain Blandford
and bring him bumper trips;
There's another that can find them
where'er they're to be found,
'Tis bully young Bill Winsor
who sails the old Bloodhound.

George Barret sails the Neptune,
he's as good as ever been,
Jobey Kean commands the Eric
he's the son of Captain Kean;
And that lucky ship Diana
she bears a man of fame,
From Newton, Bonavista,
Alpheus Barbour is his name.

Jim Barret sails the Iceland,
a bold seal killer, too,
Dan Bragg commands the Greenland
to show what Bragg can do;
Another that can find them
where'er they're to be found,
'Tis bully young Bill Winsor
who sails the old Bloodhound.

Jacob Winsor sails the Walrus
that slides by Browning's store,
My good friend Baxter Barbour
that sails in the Labrador;
And Jacob Kind in the Virginia Lake
makes up the twenty ships,
And my best wish may they all return
filled up with bumper trips.

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

Sung in 1950 by Maurice Houlihan [b.1897] of Flatrock, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Another variant was sung by James (Jim) Rice [1879-1958] of Cape Broyle, NL, 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 collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as Captains And Ships in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 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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