Boatsman and the Chest, The [Laws Q8]

DESCRIPTION: The boatsman's wife is being visited by the tailor when he comes home unexpectedly. The tailor hides in a chest. Knowing its contents, the husband deliberately takes the chest back to his ship. He tells the tailor he abducted him to keep him from his wife
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (Reeves-Sharp)
KEYWORDS: infidelity punishment hiding abduction
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,Ro,SE) Canada(Newf) Britain(England,Scotland(Aber)) Ireland
REFERENCES (18 citations):
Laws Q8, "The Boatsman and the Chest"
GreigDuncan7 1432, GreigDuncan8 Addenda, "The Devil in the Kist" (4 texts, 2 tunes)
Eddy 46, "Jolly Boatman" (1 text)
JHCoxIIA, #23, pp. 91-93, "The Wealthy Merchant" (1 text, 1 tune)
FSCatskills 138, "The Jolly Boatswain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 53, "The Boatswain and the Tailor" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 306-311, "The Old Bo's'n" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
SHenry H604, pp. 505-506, "The Tailor in the Tea [Sea] Chest" (1 text, 1 tune)
Chappell-FSRA 52, "The Boatswain and the Chest" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morris, #198. "The Boatsman and the Chest" (1 text, 1 tune)
SharpAp 52, "The Boatsman and the Chest" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Hubbard, #123, "A Tailor in the Chest" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-Sharp 16, "The Boatsman and the Tailor" (1 text)
Gilbert, pp. 26-27, "The Sailor and the Tailor" (1 text)
JHJohnson, pp.71-73, "The Boatswain and the Tailor" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 38, #3 (1993-1994), p, 70, "The Charleston Merchant" (1 text, 1 tune, apparently from Sam Hinton)
[no author listed], Scenes & Songs of the Ohio-Erie Canal, Ohio Historical Society, 1971, "The Clever Skipper" (1 text, 1 tune, from Pearl R. Nye)

Roud #570
cf. "Will the Weaver" [Laws Q9] (plot)
cf. "The Major and the Weaver" [Laws Q10] (plot)
cf. "The Dog in the Closet (The Old Dyer)" [Laws Q11] (plot)
cf. "The Trooper and the Tailor" (plot)
cf. "The Little Cobbler" (plot)
cf. "The Greasy Cook (Butter and Cheese and All, The Cook's Choice)" (plot)
cf. "Murphy in the Cupboard" (plot)
The Randy Tailor
The Tailor and the Kist
NOTES [57 words]: In one version, the husband ships the chest (and the tailor) off to China. - PJS
This and similar songs are sometimes traced back to a story in Boccaccio (seventh day, second story: Gianella, Peronella, and her husband). But the story is really one of the basic themes of folktale, and doubtless predates Boccaccio as well as these songs. - RBW
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