“Britannia on Our Lee”


"A wet sheet and a flowing sea And a wind that follows fair... Away our good ship flies and leave (Columbia/Britannia) on our lee." The singer hopes for a good wind and rejoices in the life at sea


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 49-50, "A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2014
  3. BI, SWMS049


Alternate titles: “Columbia on Our Lee”
Author: Words: Allan Cunningham
Earliest date: 1844 (Journal from the Citizen)
Keywords: ship sea sailor nonballad