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Rum aus Jamaika
Last updated: 24.01.17
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I had never heard or heard of "Rum aus Jamaika" until coming across it in Die Seemannskiste Volume 2 whilst looking for some German sea songs for Ernst Richter. This is a funny seasong (lyrics Johannes Tölke, melody Richard Germer) telling the story of a voyage to Ceylon by the barque "Santa Fee" that had a full cargo of Jamaican rum. Now according to the song, the ship didn't like rum, or better expressed couldn't stand the stuff and so got into difficulties thereby rolling perilously. It was so dangerous that the crew were obliged to cast the rum overboard. Now an honest sailor, regardless of nationality, is incapable of committing this crime against alcoholity so the crew drank the stuff themselves. This resulted in the "Santa Fee" becoming sober but the crew were terribly drunk.
The crew, in the final verse, hand-on some very useful advice to ship owners and captains. They said that a tea clipper should be introduced gradually to alcohol and advised that Tarragona and Malaga should be carried on initial voyages as these wines were not so strong as Jamaican rum.
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