Bold Benjamin, The
DESCRIPTION: Admiral Cole sails for Spain on the Benjamin with five hundred men, to gain silver and gold; he returns with sixty-one men. On their return to Blackwall, mothers and widows lament the lost sailors.
EARLIEST DATE: 1891 (Ashton-Sailor)
KEYWORDS: navy war death mourning ship shanty sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 23, "The Bold Benjamin" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ashton-Sailor, #38, "The Benjamin's Lamentations For theis sad Loss at Sea, by Storms and Tempests" (1 tune)
BBI, ZN464, "Captain Chilver's gone to Sea"
ADDITIONAL: C. H. Firth, _Publications of the Navy Records Society_ , 1907 (available on Google Books), p. 89, "The Benjamin's Lamentation for their Sad Loss at Sea by Storms and Tempests" (1 text)
John Ashton, _A Century of Ballads_, Elliot Stock, London, 1887; reprinted 1968 by Singing Tree Press, pp. 209-212, "The Benjamin's Lamentation" (1 text)
NOTES: This song is a remake of the black-letter ballad (c. 1679) "The Benjamin's Lamentation for their Sad Loss at Sea, etc." - (PJS)
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