“The Bold Benjamin”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1907 (Firth)
Keywords: navy war death mourning ship shanty sailor
Found in: Britain(England(South))

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.

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)

References

  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 23, "The Bold Benjamin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BBI, ZN464, "Captain Chilver's gone to Sea"
  3. 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)
  4. Roud #2632
  5. BI, VWL023