Our Ship She Is Lying in Harbour

DESCRIPTION: The impressed singer, his ship ready to sail, hopes his girl will be safe. The girl laments the departed youth; the father is glad her is gone. Her love returns after seven years. The father offers her money not to marry him, but they are married anyway
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes)
KEYWORDS: sailor love separation pressgang father
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Huntington-SongsTheWhalemenSang, pp. 124-125, "Our Ship She Is Lying in Harbour" ( text)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 102, "Our Ship She Lies in the Harbour" (1 text)
Purslow-TheConstantLovers, p. 63, "Our Ship She Lies In Harbour" (1 text, 1 tune)
Broadwood-EnglishTraditionalSongsAndCarols, pp. 58-59, "Our Ship she lies in Harbour" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lane/Gosbee-SongsOfShipsAndSailors, p. 19, "Our Ship Lays in the Harbor" (1 fragment, 1 tune, padded out from other sources; the extant text is so short that the identification must be considered uncertain)

Roud #1011
Bodleian, Harding B 26(686), "Willy's Return" ("Our ship lies in this harbour"), J Moore. (Belfast), 1846-1852
cf. "The Lowlands of Holland" (lyrics)
NOTES [48 words]: There are several songs on this theme, but this doesn't quite seem to match any of them. Several early verses are found, almost verbatim, near the END of some texts of "The Lowlands of Holland." It's almost as if someone took the end of that song as the starting-off point for this. - RBW
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