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The Balena


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On the noble fleet of whalers out sailing from Dundee
Well manned by British sailors to work them on the sea
On the western ocean passage none with them can compare
For there's not a ship could make the trip as the "Balena" I declare


And the wind is on her quarter and her engine working free

And there's not another whaler a-sailing from Dundee

Can beat the old "Balena" and you need not try her on

For we challenge all both large and small from Dundee to St. Johns

There's the new built "Terra Nova", she's a model with no doubt
There's the "Arctic" and "Aurora", you've heard so much about
There's Jacklin's model mail-boat, the terror of the sea
Couldn't beat the old "Balena" boys, on a passage from Dundee...


And it happened on the Thursday four days after we left Dundee
Was carried off the quarter boats all in a raging sea
That took away our bulwark, our stanchions and our rails
And left the whole concern boys, a-floating in the gales...


Bold Jacklin carries canvas and fairly raises steam
And Captain Guy's a daring boy, goes ploughing through the stream
But Millan says the "Eskimo" could beat the blooming lot
But to beat the old "Balena" boys, they'd find it rather hot...


An' now that we've landed boys, where the rum is mighty cheap
We'll drink success to the Captain, for getting us over the deep
And a health to all our sweet hearts, an' to our wives so fair
Not another ship could make that trip but the "Balena" I declare...

The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.