“The Old Hulk”


"When age has rendered some old hulk Unfit for merchant use, She's sold at auction, bought in bulk, Just for a whaling cruise." The singer described the dreadful conditions on a whaling ship, and laments that after all the toil he is still poor


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 32-33, "The Old Hulk" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2007
  3. BI, SWMS032


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1854 (Journal from the Governor Carver)
Keywords: whaler work hardtimes