“The Dolphin”


"All on one summer's morning, The fourteenth day of May, our Dolphin slipped her cable...." The song describes the ship's triumphant voyage


Any number of Royal Navy ships were named _Dolphin_; one laid down in 1751 was reportedly the ninth of that name (that one was famous as an exploring vessel, and for its early use of a copper-coated bottom). Whether this song is actually based on the exploits of a particular _Dolphin_ is unclear. - RBW

Cross references


  • Sam Larner, "The Dolphin" (on SLarner02)


  1. Chappell-FSRA 66, "The Dolphin" (1 text, probably a confused version of "The Dolphin" and "The Banks of the Nile" [Laws N9] or similar)
  2. Roud #690
  3. BI, ChFRS066


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Chappell)
Keywords: sailor battle
Found in: US(SE)