“The Handsome Cabin Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: cross-dressing ship pregnancy
Found in: US(MW) Britain(England,Scotland) Canada(Newf)


A disguised girl signs aboard ship as a cabin boy. The ship's captain discovers her secret and, even though his wife is aboard, gets her pregnant. One night the "boy's" cries awaken the crew, who learn she is in labor. All are thoroughly astonished




  1. Laws N13, "The Handsome Cabin Boy"
  2. Ord, p. 160, "The Handsome Cabin Boy" (1 text)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 163, "The Handsome Cabin Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 280-281, "The Handsome Cabin Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Darling-NAS, pp. 123-125, "The Handsome Cabin Boy" (1 text)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 192, "The Handsome Cabin Boy" (1 text)
  7. DT 445, CABINBOY*
  8. Roud #239
  9. BI, LN13