Cruise of the Calabar There are numerous versions of this this song, with the vessel called the 'Calibar' or 'Calabar'. Versions from Nick Dow and Jon Raven. These may be the nearest to the original which was written by Johnny Greenwood in the 1870s. Version from Cyril Tawney. ‘The Calabar’ from Sam Henry’s Songs of the People The Good Ship Calibar - as sung by The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem (1968) From the singing of Emma Vickers, Lancashire. The Manchester Ship Canal (SS Irwell) is alleged to be a derivation of the 'Cruise of the Calabar' but similarities appear to be slight. Similarly, The Mary Ann McHugh by the Irishman Percy French is alleged to be based on the 'Cruise of the Calabar'. The Sheffield Ship Canal appears to be a South Yorkshire version of this song.
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