“The Whale-Catchers”


Singer and his shipmates sail to Greenland after whales. He describes hardships of their lives, and looks forward to arrival back home, when they will make the alehouses of London roar. When they've spent all their money, they'll go back to Greenland.


This song is distinct from "The Greenland Whale Fishery." It shares much of its final verse with a song called "Adieu, My Lovely Nancy" [indexed as "Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy"] collected from an Irish immigrant in Missouri and sung by the Copper family in Sussex. - PJS

Cross references


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 100, "The Whale Catchers" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3291
  3. BI, VWL100


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1900
Keywords: ship shore work whale whaler
Found in: Britain(England(South))