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 (6 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)
ADDITIONAL: John Feltham, _Northeast from Baccalieu_, Harry Cuff Publications, 1990, pp. 2-3, "The Song of the Wadhams" (1 text)
Bruce Stagg, _The Blackwood Schooner_, Flanker Press, 2009, pp. 3-5, "The Song of the Wadmans" (sic.) (1 text, taken from Feltham)
ST GrMa119 (Partial)
NOTES [140 words]: 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."
The Wadham islands, mentioned in this song and presumably related to its title, are a series of mostly-uninhabited islands about ten miles east of Fogo and twenty miles northwest of Cape Freels. - RBW
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