DESCRIPTION: The crew is finishing a quiet voyage when a gale blows up. The drunken captain decides to take advantage of the storm by getting up the best speed possible. The alarmed sailors at last mutiny to get things back in control
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
KEYWORDS: sailor ship drink storm rebellion
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Doerflinger, pp. 183-184, "Canso Strait" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 871-872, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-Labrador 40, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lehr/Best 31, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-NovaScotia 107, "Canso Strait" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-Maritime, p. 194, "In Canso Strait" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ives-DullCare, pp. 170-171,244-245, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Everett Bennett, "The Drunken Captain" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Martin Reddigan, "The Drunken Captain" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Ned Rice, "The Drunken Captain" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
cf. "The Drunken Captain (I)" (subject)
NOTES [194 words]: This song, erroneously titled "Casno Strait," is item dD52 in Laws's Appendix II.
Manny and Wilson, in their notes on "The Cedar Grove" [Laws D18] say that Canso Strait "was between Nova Scotia and the Island of Cape Breton. Now, by the magic of modern engineering, there is no strait, but a causeway has been built to connect the island and the mainland."
Stories like this can happen in other places, though. Benson Bobrick, Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas, Simon & Schuster, 2009, p. 75, tells a story of the famous Civil War general George H. Thomas, in the period before the war: "On one of his shuttles up from Charleston to New York for recruiting duty... he saved the ship and all on board from the besotted orders of a drunken captain in a violent storm. As the ship plunged and lurched in the tumultuous waves off Cape Hatteras, the first made came to him and appealed for help. Thomas confined the captain to his stateroo, assumed overall responsibility for the ship, and with the first mate (who might otherwise have been charged with mutiny) rode out the storm."
I should add that Bobrick does not cite a source for this tale. - RBW
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