Ships and their crews have always been essential for an island’s trade and defence. One of the most popular themes in British traditional song, and a staple product of the broadside presses, was the sailor’s return. Cecil Sharp collected this song from William Pittaway (66) of Burford, Oxon, 19th May 1923 and the 3rd verse from Ellen Powell. North America too relied on trade and the 19th century illustrations above were printed in the USA.
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