“Canso Strait”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: sailor ship drink storm rebellion
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)


The crew is finishing a quiet voyage when a gale blows up. The drunken captain decides to take advantage of the storm by getting up the best speed possible. The alarmed sailors at last mutiny to get things back in control


This song, erroneously titled "Casno Strait," is item dD52 in Laws's Appendix II.

Manny and Wilson, in their notes on "The Cedar Grove" [Laws D18] note that Canso Straight "was between Nova Scotia and the Island of Cape Breton. Now, by the magic of modern engineering, there is no straight, but a causeway has been built to connect the island and the mainland." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Doerflinger, pp. 183-184, "Canso Strait" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Peacock, pp. 871-872, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Leach-Labrador 40, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lehr/Best 31, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-NovaScotia 107, "Canso Strait" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Creighton-Maritime, p. 194, "In Canso Strait" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Ives-DullCare, pp. 170-171,244-245, "The Drunken Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Roud #1815
  10. BI, Doe183