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                                Oh the noble fleet of whalers out sailing from Dundee,
                                Well manned by Scottish sailors to work them on the sea;
                                On the western ocean passage none with them can compare
                                For there's not a ship could make the trip as the Balena I declare.
                                And the wind is on her quarter and her engine working free,
                                And there's not another whaler a-sailing from Dundee
                                Can beat the aul' Balena and you needna try her on,
                                For we challenge all both large and small from Dundee to St. Johns.
                                And  it happened on a Thursday, four days after we left Dundee,
                                Was carried off the quarter boats all in a raging sea,
                                That took away our bulwark, our stanchions and our rails,
                                And left the whole concern, boys, a-floating in the gales.
                                There's the new built Terra Nova, she's a model of no doubt,
                                There's the Artic and the Aurora, you've heard so much about,
                                There's Jacklin's model mail-boat, the terror of the sea
                                Couldn't beat the aul' Balena, boys, on the passage from Dundee.
                                Bold Jacklin carries canvas and fairly raises steam
                                And Captain Guy's a daring boy, goes ploughing through the stream,
                                But Mallan says the Eskimo could beat the bloomin' lot,
                                But to beat the aul' Balena, boys, they'd find it rather hot.
                                And now that we have landed, boys, where the rum is mighty cheap,
                                We'll drink success to Captain Burnett, lads, for gettin' us ower the deep,
                                And a health to all our sweethearts, an' to our wives so fair,
                                Not another ship could make that trip but the Balena I declare.
Footnote : The Balena sailed from Dundee which, along with Aberdeen, Peterhead and Montrose, was an important whaling port in the first half of the nineteenth century. Within fifty years the industry was dead, killed by its own efficiency. But a number of songs remind us of the hardships and dangers in the icy Greenland waters.


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