Lukey's Boat

DESCRIPTION: A song describing Lukey and his boat. The boat is "painted green... the finest boat you've ever seen," etc. Lukey observes that his wife is dead, but "I don't care; I'll get another in the fall of the year."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (England, Vikings of the Ice)
KEYWORDS: ship humorous nonballad
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Greenleaf/Mansfield 126, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 46-47, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle2, p. 71, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle3, p. 40, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle4, p. 43, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle5, p. 53, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, pp. 44-45, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-NovaScotia 127, "Loakie's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mills, pp. 28-29, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: George Allan England, _Vikings of the Ice: Being the Log of a Tenderfoot on the Great Newfoundland Seal Hunt_ (also published as _The Greatest Hunt in the World_), Doubleday, 1924, p. 127, "Uncle Lukey's Boat" (1 excerpt)

ST FJ046 (Partial)
Roud #1828
RECORDINGS:
Omar Blondahl, "Lukey's Boat" (on NFOBlondahl05)
NOTES [136 words]: [According to Blondahl, Doyle attributes this to] Mr Roberts, and others, Mrs Ira Yates, Mr Andrew Young, Twillingate, 1929. - BS
England gives only one verse of this, "Lukey's boat was painted green, De finest boat dat was ever seen...." But it's clearly this song, and it seems to be the earliest mention of it. And he too has an authorship claim: one of the sealers with whom he sailed supposedly told another of the sealers, "Joe," "You know dat song ahl to pieces, an' why wouldn't ye, in 'gard of ye makin' it up in de first place?" England (probably not seriously) claimed that "Joe" had 57 verses. England is not overly free with surnames, but I think the "Joe" referred to is a man named Joe Stirge. Not that I believe the claim.
Creighton's informants say that the subject of the song lived in Lunenburg. - RBW
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