“Cawsand Bay”


A ship is preparing to depart when a lady hails the ship. She demands the release of (Henry Grady), one of the sailors. The Captain objects, but she offers his discharge. The two depart and live happily ever after

Supplemental text

Cawsand Bay
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From Arthur Quiller-Couch, The Oxford Book of Ballads, #168,
pp. 839-840. Source not listed.

In Cawsand Bay lying, with the Blue Peter flying,
  And all hands on deck for the anchor to weigh,
When off came a lady, as fresh as a daisy,
  And modestly hailing, the damsel did say:

'Ship ahoy! bear a hand there! I wants a young man there,
  So heave us a man-rope, or send him to me;
His name's Henry Grady, and I am a lady,
  Arrived to prevent him from going to sea.

(7 additional stanzas)

Cross references


  1. OBB 168, "Cawsand Bay" (1 text)
  2. C. H. Firth, _Publications of the Navy Records Society_ , 1907, p. 328,"Cawsand Bay" (1 text)
  3. ST OBB168 (Partial)
  4. Roud #2107
  5. BI, OBB168


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1920 (Oxford Book of Ballads)