“Old Nantucket Whaling Song”


Description of a whaling voyage. Crew faces months of cold and storms. Upon spotting a whale they give chase, harpoon and fight with the whale, trying to avoid being swamped or crushed. Gives detailed descriptions and is written in future tense.


  1. Harlow, pp. 216-219, "Old Nantucket Whaling Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9153
  3. BI, Harl216


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1945 (Harlow)
Found in: US