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Sea Songs List

In the summer of 2000, Halifax was visited by the Tall Ships. To celebrate the visit of an important part of Halifax's past, the Helen Creighton Folklore Society asked Dan McKinnon, a local songwriter, to put together a list of songs found in the Helen Creighton Collection that are tied to the sea. The results were compiled and evaluated, with a number of the songs selected from the Public Archive tapes for inclusion on a double CD set. The complete list is provided here for those who may want to access material not on the CDs.

The list includes the access numbers of the listening tapes. You would be able, with this information, to have the Public Archive personnel locate the tape you need. With the tape counter information that Dan supplied, you will then be able to listen to the song you have chosen.

Tape Counter Tape Number and Content
  AC: 2146 - MF NO: 289.241
Side 1: Charlie Harnish; Earl Smith
132-172 1207 - Brigantine Sirocco - Charlie Harnish
176-237 1208 - Lorelon - Charlie Harnish
268-306 1210 - The Mermaid - Earl Smith
306-331 1211 - The Golden Vanity - Earl Smith
363-394 ? - Narrative - Wrecks off Cape Sable etc. - Earl Smith
   
  AC: 2182 - MF NO : 289.356
Side 2: Dan Livingston
148-172 1738 - Windy Weather - Dan Livingston
236-243 1743 - The Yankee Liner - Dan Livingston
327-344 1749 - Whisky Johnny - Dan Livingston
359-402 1751 - The Wreck of the Cariboo - Dan Livingston
   
  AC: 2185 - MF NO : 289.235
Side 1: William H. Smith, & Jim Apt
000-034 1165 - Lay Out Tack Sheets and Foresail Haul (Paddy Lay Back) - W.H. Smith
046 1167 - Dreadnaught - W.H. Smith
- 1168 - Old Mother Head’s - W.H. Smith
083 1169 - Cross the Western Ocean (Leave Her Johnny....); & narrative - Jim Apt
096 - 1171 - Big Five Gallon Jar - W.H. Smith
123 1172 - Cape Cod Line - W.H. Smith
   
  AC: 2221 - MF NO : 289.33
Side 1: Yarmouth Sea Captains - Lead singer; Arthur Hilton
Start 131 156 - Blow the Man Down
End 174 157 - Whiskey Johnny
   
  AC: 2223 - MF NO : 289.31 
Side 1: Walter Roast, Richard Hartlan, & Mr. Dennis Williams
Start 020 - 046 ? - In Canso Strait - **Not Listed - Walter Roast
048 - 076 141 - Nova Scotia Song - Walter Roast
105- 143 - The Banks of Newfoundland - Richard Hartlan
  144 - The Kate O’Brien - Walter Roast
End 268 
** Skip in song
145 - The Ghostly Sailors - Walter Roast
346 - 390 ? - Alphabet Song -(The Sailor’s Alphabet) - Mr. Dennis Williams
   
  AC: 2224 - MF NO: 289.29
Side 2: Mrs. Edward Gallagher
120-156 131 - Golden Vanity (Sweet Trinity) - Mrs. Edward Gallagher
371-426- 136 - The Chesapeake and Shannon - Mrs. Edward Gallagher
Tape Glitch  

 
 
Tape Counter Tape Number and Content
  AC: 2239 - MF NO: 289.100 & 102
Side 1: Mrs. Edward Gallagher
015-065 490 - Henry Martyn - Mrs. Edward Gallagher
351-423 498 - Broken Ring Song - Mrs. Edward Gallagher
   
  AC: 2241 - MF NO: 289.108 
Side 1: Yarmouth Sea Captains - Lead Singer; Arthur Hilton
Start 119 545 - Homeward Bound
  546 - Robin Ranzo - (Reuben Ranzo)
  547 - Shenandoah
  548 - Blow My Bully Boys Blow
  549 - Narrative - Explanation of Shanty Singing by Capt. R.A. Goudy
  550 - Narrative - Ship Torpedoing in 1916 by E.E. Manning - unfinished ?
  551 - A-Roving
  552 - Poor Old Man
End 368 553 - Narrative - About Halyard Shanties
   
  Side Two: Captain Nehemiah C. Larkin
Start 000 - Narrative - The Wreck of the Regina 1883
  **(It seems that the narrative, which is in two pieces, is backward)
  Also, it would probably be best to take the first part of the narratives on the tape 
End 123 starting at 000 on the counter and ending at 123.
   
  AC: 2252 - MF NO: 289.231
Side 1: Leander Macumber; W.H. Smith; Mr. & Mrs. Jim Apt
274-283 11?? - Leave Her Johnny Leave Her - Leander Macumber
357 1137 - Blow the Man Down - W.H. Smith
  1138 - Rio Grande - W.H. Smith
  1139 - Fire In the Foretop - W.H. Smith
Buzz in tape 1140 - Isle of Fuji (I’m Bound for the Isle of Beauty) - W.H. Smith
415-434 1141 - Corbett’s Barquentine - Mr. & Mrs. Jim Apt
   
  AC: 2269 - MF NO: 289.258
Side 1: Stillman Muise
087- 1315 - Sinking of the Vestris - Stillman Muise
-128 1316 - Heroes of the Vestris - Stillman Muise
   
  Side 2: Horace Johnson Mf No: 289.259
000-053N Narration about Reefing the foresail and the Captain’s Ghost
   
  AC: 2271 - MF NO: 289.268
Side 1: Tom Cornealy Noisy Tape
000-037 1358 - Tom Cornealy - Tom Cornealy
196-278 1361 - Captain Conrod - Tom Cornealy
361-412 1363 - The Schooner Mary Jane - Recitation & Narrative - Tom Cornealy
   

 
 
Tape Counter Tape Number and Content
  AC: 2276 - MF NO: 289.288
Side 1: Tom Cornealy
Start 014 1444 - 2) Boatswain Call the Watch - Tom Cornealy
on counter 1445 - 4) Narrative, Story of a windjammer - Tom Cornealy
  1446 - 5) Rolling River - Shenandoah - Tom Cornealy
End tape 1447 - 6) Poor Old Man (& Old Hoss) - Tom Cornealy
161 1448 - 7) Rio Grande - Tom Cornealy
   
  Side 2: Charlie Harnish
Start 000 1449 - The Sailor’s Grave - Charlie Harnish
  1450 - The Wreck of the Atlantic - Charlie Harnish
End 081 1451 - The Flying Cloud - 1 vs. & melody - Charlie Harnish
   
  AC: 2279 - MF NO: 289.299
Side 1: Mr. Oliver Hubley
138 - 1533 - Nova Scotia Song & Narration - Mr. Oliver Hubley
- 216 1534 - Narration & A Ship’s Maiden Voyage - Mr. O. Hubley (Double entendre)
   
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