“The Sealers' Ball”


The sealers get their money at the wharf, more at the store, and "a couple of gallons" on Saturday evening. After the dance Jack Burke's girl was with Jim McGee. When their fight was over "they found the lady she'd a-gone."

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Sealers' Ball, The
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As printed in Ryan & Small, Haulin' Rope & Gaff, pp. 50-51. From Peacock,
Songs of the Newfoundland Outports; collected in 1962 from Tom Morry.

Be ye much of a hand ab'ard a vessel,
Ab'ard a vessel, ab'ard a vessel,
Be ye much of a hand ab'ard a vessel
A-peltin' the puppy swiles, sire.

Sure when we took 'em to the wharf
We got six dollars and a half,
And when we took 'em to the store
We got a dollar more, sir.

(8 additional stanzas)


  1. Peacock, pp. 94-95, "The Sealers' Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ryan/Small, pp. 123-124, "The Sealer's Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST Pea094 (Partial)
  4. Roud #9957
  5. BI, Pea094


Alternate titles: “Be Ye Much of a Hand Aboard a Vessel”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1962 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)