“The Old Mayflower”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Peacock)
Keywords: ship wreck humorous theft
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

Mayflower runs ashore with its cargo of dry fish and ale. After the cargo is stolen we take the pail, jars, kettle, and, finally, the wood. "And that was the end of the old Mayflower"

Notes

I find myself wondering if Stan Rogers didn't have this or one of the other songs in the cross-references somewhere in the back of his mind when he wrote "The Wreck of the Athens Queen." It's interesting to see how many songs on the theme of, shall we say, extremely rapid and perhaps premature salvage come from Newfoundland. - RBW

"The Hoban Boys" mentions the looting of a ship _Mayflower_. Whether they are the same ship I do not know. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Peacock, pp. 87-88, "The Old Mayflower" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9954
  3. BI, Pea087