“The Fisherman's Son to the Ice Has Gone”


"The fisherman's son to the ice has gone, On the quarter deck you'll find him; His belt and sheathe he has girded on...." The singer tells of finding and taking the seals, then returning to "Fair Terra Nova's daughters"


No tune is indicated for this, but -- as the lines quoted show -- it is patently a seal-hunting version of "The Minstrel Boy." - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Minstrel Boy" (form)


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 134, "The Fisherman's Son to the Ice Has Gone" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, RySm134


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Murphy, Songs Sung by Old Time Sealers of Many Years Ago)