Captain Coulston

DESCRIPTION: Captain Coulston's ship sails for America (carrying Irish emigrants?). She is overtaken by pirates. Following a desperate fight, Coulston and crew defeat the pirate; his wife shoots the pirate chief. They take the pirate ship to America as a prize
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.10(58))
KEYWORDS: pirate battle emigration
FOUND IN: Ireland Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
SHenry H562, pp. 113-114, "Captain Coulston" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ranson, pp. 78-79, "Captain Coulston" (1 text, 1 tune)
McBride 15, "Captain Colster" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke-Ontario 5, "Captain Colstein" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, CAPTCOUL

Roud #1695
RECORDINGS:
O. J. Abbott, "Captain Coldstein" (on Abbott1)
Brigid Tunney, "Captain Colston" (on IRTunneyFamily01)
Paddy Tunney, "Captain Coulson" (on Voice12)

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, 2806 b.10(58), "Captain Colston", H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Firth b.26(492), Firth c.12(62), Harding B 11(534), Harding B 19(95), 2806 c.15(193), "Captain Colston"; Firth b.25(41/42), "Captain Colston" or "The Pirate Ship"
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Terrible Privateer" (plot)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Captain Colston
Captain Coulson
NOTES: Early versions of this song, such as Sam Henry's, make no mention of emigration; this may have been a later addition.
All versions seem to reveal a not-very-smart pirate: He demands the passengers give up their valuables, and then he'll sink them. In such a context, what choice was there but to fight? - RBW
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File: HHH562

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