Schooner Bentely (The)


A TRIP ON THE BENTELY - From The Ivan Walton Manuscript. (Now available as the book "Windjammers") The "John Bentley" was a slow boxy schooner, designed to be able to carry a large cargo but still fit through the Welland Canal. The song is a parody of another one, about the sleek clipper Dreadnaught, which was everything the Bentely wasn’t. It was collected from, and apparently composed by Captain Jeremiah Cavanaugh of Port Dalhousie, who sailed on the Bentely in the 1880s. This song starts in Toronto with a streetcar ride and a drinking binge, and ends a few days later at Gravelly Bay. (Port Colborne) In between they pick up a load of coal at Charlotte (the harbour for Rochester, New York) and take it up the Welland canal. Sound file by Ian Bell from the CD "Forget me Not When far Away"


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Title Schooner Bentely (The)
Subject Lakes & Rivers Songs of Social Life
Year 1885
Locale Great Lakes
Keywords Down Derry Down Port Dalhousie Toronto

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