I found this jolly sea song Liz Thomson's Songs and Dances of England
and sing every time I do a block of maritime nonsense. It is a cheerful song of meeting a mermaid, a hooligan of a storm getting up, the various adult worthies such as the captain, the mate and the cook all wishing to be home with their wives whilst the pretty little cabin boy (Does that mean that the boy was little or that the boy was pretty little or that the boy was both pretty and
pretty little? I could never work it out.) grieved sorely for his parents.
Any roud up, the US 6th Cavalry didn't turn up and they suffered the same fate as the crew of The Irish Rover
, namely the ship swirled round three times and sank to the bottom of the sea. It's all jolly stuff with a great chorus. A real good recruiting song!.