MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Ships and Captains
Jim Rice NFLD 1 Tape 4 Track 10
Cape Broyle Audio:
Ballad / seal fishing  

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 Bell' Joby Knee
In the Bon Captain Parsons a stout man is he
And jolly Jake Kean 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 Windsor 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 Windsor be fleetingly seen
Likewise Noah Bishop in the Algerine
My song is concluded 'bout captains and ships
And may they come in with big beard on their lips


Sources: Mercer 107; Peacock 865, Doyle 1955:19, Blondahl 1964:97 (all as "Captains and Ships")


Text notes: Singer lists the ships and captains of the seal fishery.

Tune notes:A mixolydian mode tune in triple metre, and aa'bc form. The two "a" phrase differ in that the first has a descending and the second an ascending cadence. The tune is very similar to that published by Peacock.

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