The Ship Canal Song (The Mary) The Union Jack is flying By the Company's Wharf, Old Quay, And Mary of Dublin lying Unloading her Murphies today. In the Irish Sea I hailed her, As I stood in the packet boat; With equal pride I never saw, A merchant sloop afloat. "Your name?" "The Mary, Captain Hill!" "Your cargo?" "Praties, sir!" "Where from?" "Dublin." "Whither bound?" The Port of Manchester." Eighteen hundred and forty, October the twentieth day, At halfpast four in the evening She anchors by the quay. It always does my heart good To see the Union Jack So here's success to Mary And soon may she come back. And soon may scores of others Perform the trip with her And trade and commerce double In noble Manchester Written by 'Poor Jack', a song of the Mersey and Irwell to be sung to the air 'The Ram of Derby'. Printed by Wilmot Henry Jones, Market Street, Manchester. From 'Canal Songs' by Jon Raven and 'The History of the Manchester Ship Canal - Volume 1" by Bosdin Leech. The latter is available as an e-book. The chorus given below is from the recording by Gary and Vera Aspey. So come weavers, and winders, and tanners great and small Give your support unto the Board of the Manchester Canal Recorded on :
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