The following balld is found in New England History in Ballads, by Edward Everett Hale (Boston: Little, Brown & Co,1904, page 121), and is considered Public Domain by GoogleBooks.
"The incident referred to in this ballad is perfectly authenticated. Of the ten prizes taken by Whipple in succssive nights, nine arrived safely into Massachusetts harbors.
is Abraham Whipple, one of the Rhode Island Vikings. After the war he
went out with Abraham Cutter to Marietta, and he is thus one of the
founders of the State of Ohio. At Marietta he built the first ship
which ever went to sea from Ohio. A good deal of ship-building was
carried on in Ohio after the success of this voyage The ships were
built where timber was plenty, and were then sent down the rivers to
"Orleans" never to return to their birthplace."
to Marc Bernier who posted this transcription on marcbernier.com. Marc is a
professional musician out of Westerly, RI, specializing in folk and
Irish music, as well as sea chanteys.
|Come listen and
I'll tell you
How first I went to sea,
To fight against the British
And earn our liberty.
We shipped with Cap'n Whipple
Who never knew a fear,
The Captain of the Providence,
The Yankee Privateer.
We sailed and sailed
The British Lord High Admiral
We sailed and we sailed
We sailed to the south'ard,
So slowly he sailed
At night we put the lights out
We sent the prize north
For ten nights we followed,
But we sailed and we sailed
The biggest British frigate
Then we sailed and we sailed
Then northward we sailed
We'd sailed and we'd sailed
Then we each manned a ship
Then landsmen and sailors,
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