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The Bonny Ship The Diamond


courtesy of - A descriptive sea shanty about the Diamond, a ship that sank in 1819 and the episodes and characters who were aboard her

The Diamond is a ship, my lads,
for the Davis Strait she's bound,
And the Quay it is all garnished with bonny lasses round;
Captain Thompson gives the order to sail the ocean wide,
Where the sun it never sets, my lads, nor darkness dims the sky.

So it's cheer up, my lads,
Let your hearts never fail,
For the bonny ship, The Diamond,
goes a-fishing for the whale

Along the quay at Peterhead, the lasses stand around,
With their shawls all pulled about them and the salt tears running down;
Don't you weep, my bonny lass, though you be left behind,
For the rose will grow on Greenland's ice
before we change our mind


Here's health to The Resolution, likewise The Eliza Swan,
Here's health to The Battler of Montrose
and The Diamond, ship of fame;
We wear the trousers of the white
and the jackets of the blue,
When we return to Peterhead we'll ha'e sweethearts enoo. 


It'll be bright both day and night 
when the Greenland lads come hame,
With a ship that's fu' o' oil, my lads, and money to our name;
We'll make the cradles for to rock and the blankets for to tear,
And every lass in Peterhead sing, "Hushabye, my dear". 


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.