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.
The Mary Ann McHugh
by the Irishman Percy French is alleged to be based on the 'Cruise of the Calabar'.
Sheffield Ship Canal
appears to be a South Yorkshire version of this song.