Faithful Sailor Boy, The [Laws K13]

DESCRIPTION: A sailor and his true love bid a tearful farewell on the deck of the ship as it is about to sail. He dies on the voyage; his shipmates deliver the girl a letter in which he says they will meet in heaven
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1859
KEYWORDS: sailor separation death
FOUND IN: US(MA,NE,SE) Ireland Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws K13, "The Faithful Sailor Boy"
RoudBishop #5, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ives-Maine 14, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doerflinger, p. 164, "The Sailor Boy" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Greig #64, pp. 1-2, "The Sailor Boy's Farewell" (1 text)
GreigDuncan1 66, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (8 texts, 3 tunes)
SHenry H543, p. 103, "The Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune); also probably H678, p. 89, "The Irish Soldier Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ranson, pp. 32-33, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
McBride 60, "The Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manny/Wilson 68, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownII 111, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (1 text plus mention of 3 more)
BrownSchinhanIV 111, "The Faithful Sailor Boy" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Chappell-FSRA 33, "Sailor Boy" (1 text)
Fuson, pp. 61-62, "The Soldier Boy" (1 text)
DT 559, FTHFULSL

Roud #376
BROADSIDES:
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(64a), "The Sailor Boy," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890
NOTES: George W. Persley has been listed as the author of this piece, but the song appears older. Steve Roud mentions an attribution of the words to Thomas P. Westendorf and the music to Persley, but has been unable to verify this.
The Sam Henry text "The Irish Soldier Boy" lacks many of the elements of fuller versions of this song, and also has a slightly different form. But it has so many elements in common with Laws K13 that I think it must be listed here. If it isn't Laws K13, it's swallowed several verses whole. - RBW
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