Coast of Peru, The [Laws D26]

DESCRIPTION: (The captain promises the sailors that they will spot many whales off Peru.) A whaler spots a whale off the coast of Peru. The crew harpoons the whale and renders it. They look forward to seeing the girls at home
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1832 (Journal of William Silver of the Bengal)
KEYWORDS: sea whale whaler return
FOUND IN: US(MA) New Zealand
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws D26, "The Coast of Peru"
Doerflinger-SongsOfTheSailorAndLumberman, pp. 151-152, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text)
Huntington-SongsTheWhalemenSang, pp. 2-4, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text, 1 tune)
Huntington-TheGam-MoreSongsWhalemenSang, pp. 27-28, "Captain Bunker" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord-SongsOfAmericanSailormen, pp. 194-195, "Coast of Peru" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips, pp. 222-223, "Coast of Peru" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thompson-BodyBootsAndBritches-NewYorkStateFolktales, p. 194, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 185-186, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 91, "Coast of Peru" (1 text)
Bailey/Roth-ShantiesByTheWay-NZ, pp. 15-16, "New Zealand Whales" (1 text, 1 tune, localized to New Zealand instead of Peru but still clearly the same song)
Garland-FacesInTheFirelight-NZ, p. 36, "(New Zealand Whales)" (1 text)
Colquhoun-NZ-Folksongs-SongOfAYoungCountry, p. 15, "New Zealand Whales." (1 text, 1 tune) (p. 8 in the 1972 edition)
Fahey-PintPotAndBilly, pp. 12-13, "New Zealand Whales" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Alfred M. Williams, _Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry_, Houghton Mifflin, 1894, pp. 33-35, "The Coast of Peru" (1 text)

Roud #1997
A.L. Lloyd, "The Coast of Peru" (on Lloyd9)
cf. "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" (floating verses)
NOTES [85 words]: A.L. Lloyd notes that "Mention of the mate 'in the main chains' dates the song from before the 1840s." -PJS
The "Captain Bunker" version in Huntington-TheGam-MoreSongsWhalemenSang is much shorter than most versions of this song, and it doesn't mention the Coast of Peru. But the longer versions sometimes mention Captain Bunker; Roud lumps the two, and I very tentatively do the same. It may be that "Captain Bunker" is a broken-off version of "The Coast of Peru" that picked up some additional material. - RBW
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