Mainsail Haul

DESCRIPTION: The sailor, broke, goes to a boarding-master and signs up to serve on the "Oxford." He comes aboard to find "sailors... from every nation"; "There wasn't one man that could understand another." At last he jumps ship or is paid off (with the entire crew!)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1951
KEYWORDS: sailor poverty humorous foreigner
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Doerflinger, pp. 117-122, "Mainsail Haul" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
ST Doe117 (Partial)
Roud #653
NOTES: According to Doerflinger, the Black Ball Line ran the Oxford on the transatlantic packet run from her launching in 1836 until 1850. - RBW
File: Doe117

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