Subject: Lakes & Rivers

26 entries.

On Gravelly Bay

This is a piece from Ivan Walton's collection of Great Lakes sailors' songs. Walton was a devoted amateur folklorist who travelled both sides of the Great Lakes in the early 1930s, gathering songs and stories from the last generation of sailors who had wo...

On The Schooner Hercules

Ivan Walton (1893-1968) was a song collector from Michigan. In the 1930s he travelled around the Great Lakes in both the U.S. and in Ontario, seeking out the songs and chanteys of the last generation of fresh-water sailors to work "under canvas" in schoon...

Raftsmen's Song (The)

LaRena learned this song from her father. It seems to have been adapted/evolved from a poem by Fred Coyne (1899-1964) which appears in his book "Poems of The Pontiac". It's recorded on her 1969 lp "Songs of An Ontario Family".

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 ano...

Shantyboy's Alphabet

One of many versions of "The Shantyboy's Alphabet". These songs are part of a larger family of alphabet songs including "The Sailor's Alphabet". This song probably goes back to the mid 19th century. Emerson Woodcock was born in Kinmount and worked in lumb...

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