Schooner John Bentely, The
DESCRIPTION: Derived from "The Dreadnaught," but of about a bad boat. The singer gets drunk, then joins the Bentely on the Great Lakes. The sound of the pumps makes him sick. The bedclothes are "junk." The ship is slow. The food is bad. Finally they reach Gravelly Bay
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Cavanaugh?
EARLIEST DATE: 1933 (collected by Walton from Jeremiah Cavanaugh)
KEYWORDS: sailor hardtimes derivative
FOUND IN: Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Walton/Grimm/Murdock, pp. 98-100, "The Schooner John Bentely" (1 text)
NOTES: According to Walton/Grimm/Murdock, the Benteley was built in 1873 and had the "lines of a brick." Hence, presumably, this song. - RBW
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