“The Coast of Peru”


(The captain promises the sailors that they will spot many whales off Peru.) A whaler spots a whale off the coast of Peru. The crew harpoons the whale and renders it. They look forward to seeing the girls at home


A.L. Lloyd notes that "Mention of the mate 'in the main chains' dates the song from before the 1840s." -PJS

Cross references


  1. Laws D26, "The Coast of Peru"
  2. Doerflinger, pp. 151-152, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text)
  3. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 2-4, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Colcord, pp. 194-195, "Coast of Peru" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Harlow, pp. 222-223, "Coast of Peru" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Darling-NAS, pp. 185-186, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 91, "Coast of Peru" (1 text)
  8. DT 617, CSTPERU*
  9. Roud #1997
  10. BI, LD26


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1832 (Journal of William Silver of the Bengal)
Keywords: sea whale whaler return
Found in: US(MA)