“Fire Down Below”


"There is fire in the lower hold, There's fire down below, Fire in the main well, The captain didn't know." All places where fire has arisen (or might arise), from mast to keel, are listed. It perhaps started in the galley, and "The cook he didn't know"


  1. Colcord, p. 117, "Fire Down Below" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Harlow, pp. 123-125 "Fire Down Below" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. Hugill, pp. 519-522, "Fire Down Below" (5 texts, 5 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 378-381]
  4. Sharp-EFC, XXIV, p. 27, "Fire! Fire!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Smith/Hatt, p. 39, "Fire in the Foretop" (1 text)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 83, "Fire Down Below" (1 text)
  8. Roud #813
  9. BI, FSWB083A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Smith/Hatt)
Keywords: fire ship
Found in: Canada(Mar)