Wadham's Song

DESCRIPTION: Coast sailing pilot's guide "from Bonavista Cape to the Stinking Isles ... till Pilley's Point covers Syme's Stage." Directions on how to reach Notre Dame Bay from Bonavista
AUTHOR: R.N. Wadham
EARLIEST DATE: 1756 (cf. Greenleaf/Mansfield)
KEYWORDS: sea ship nonballad recitation sailor
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greenleaf/Mansfield 119, "Wadham's Song" (1 text)
Ryan/Small, p. 13, "Wadhams Song" (1 text)
Doyle4, p. 70, "Wadham's Song" (1 text)
Doyle5, p. 83, "Wadham's Song" (1 text)

ST GrMa119 (Partial)
Roud #5449
NOTES: According to GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador site, "although called a song it was always recited and there is no tune available"; Greenleaf/Mansfield heard it recited.
On the other hand, the Renaissance Dance site claims "Pilot verses were sailing directions sung to popular tunes ... Hugill [apparently not in Shanties from the Seven Seas] quotes [Wadham's Song] to the tune of 'I'll Tell me Ma', which is still well known." - BS
Doyle4 says that the song "was placed n record in the Admiralty's Court in London after it was first composed and was considered the best coasting guide for that part of our Island to which it refers." - RBW
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File: GrMa119

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