Bosun's Story, The

DESCRIPTION: Walkaway (stamp and go) shanty. Exaggerated story about a whaling voyage. The crew nails the ship to a whale's tail and thus sails to the North Pole and back. Each stanza ends with "'And that's the truth', said he."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1935 (_Sea Breezes_)
KEYWORDS: shanty whale bragging talltale
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Harlow, pp. 157-159, "The Bos'un's Story" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #9141
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Bos'un's Song
NOTES: [Harlow's version is] taken from a 1935 issue of Sea Breezes magazine, published in Liverpool, as given by Capt. A.G. Cole. - SL
File: Harl157

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