“Rounding the Horn”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1907
Keywords: travel sea ship shore drink sailor whore clothes theft
Found in: Britain(England(North))


Sailor describes hard trip around Cape Horn (in the frigate "Amphitrite"), and the pleasures (mostly female) of shore-leave in Chile. The singer says that Spanish girls are superior to (English) women, who have no enthusiasm and steal your clothes


The brig _Amphitrite_ was built in 1820 and engaged in South American trade. A frigate of the same name was lost in 1833 while carrying female convicts to Australia (see "The Loss of the Amphitrite"). - PJS

Roud, in one of his stranger acts of lumping, combines this with "The Loss of the Amphitrite" [Laws K4]. They only common element I can see is the ship name. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 90, "Rounding the Horn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. SHenry H539, pp. 97-98, "The Girls of Valparaiso" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Colcord, pp. 177-178, "The Girls Around Cape Horn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #301
  6. BI, VWL090