“The Cooks of Torbay”


"Come all ye young fellows wherever ye be I'll sing ye a verse on the cooks of Torbay." The sealing ship Ellen goes up the Gulf. The captain gives the cook grief for only cooking two meals for the day. The insulted cook has his son make the meal

Supplemental text

Cooks of Torbay, The
  Partial text(s)

          *** A ***

As printed in Ryan & Small, Haulin' Rope & Gaff, p. 113. From
Greenleaf & Mansfield, Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland; collected
in 1929 from James Day.

Come all ye young fellows wherever ye be,
I'll sing ye a verse on the cooks of Torbay,
And if ye'll pay attention and listen a while,
You'll hear a tall song that will cause you to smile.

We signed on at the office a-sealing to go,
Up in the Gulf, in the Ellen, you know;
Our cook he looked drowsy, these words did he say:
"O, you'll find me smart enough to sea."

(4 additional stanzas plus part of a fifth)


Torbay is about seven miles north of St John's. - BS


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 148, "The Cooks of Torbay" (1 text)
  2. Ryan/Small, p. 113, "The Cooks of Torbay" (1 text)
  3. ST GrMa148 (Partial)
  4. Roud #7575
  5. BI, GrMa148


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Found in: Canada(Newf)