“Warlike Seamen (The Irish Captain)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950s (recorded from Bob & Ron Copper)
Keywords: pride battle fight navy violence ship drink France sailor
Found in: Britain(England(South))

Description

Singer's ship sails for the coast of Ireland. They encounter a French ship. They report that they're from Liverpool and they will show the Frenchmen what they're made of. They badly damage the French ship,which surrenders; they drink the captain's health

Long description

Singer, a sailor on an English ship with an Irish captain, sails for the coast of Ireland. They encounter a French ship, which hails them and demands to know their name and port. They reply that they're from Liverpool (their ship is the, "London", "Lion" or "Marigold") and they will show the Frenchmen what they're made of. They fire the cannons, and the French ship, badly damaged, surrenders; they land in Plymouth and drink the captain's health

Notes

While the second half of this song is identical to that of "The French Privateer," their openings are different, so I've split them. - PJS

Roud lumps them, naturally, and throws in "The Dolphin" (and perhaps others) for good measure. - RBW

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Recordings

References

  1. DT, WARLIKES
  2. Roud #690
  3. BI, DTwarlik