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Davy Lowston
Last updated: 02.02.20
"Davy Lowston" is a much recorded traditional song giving grave warnings about the perils of sealing. According to the cover notes of Not Fooling Anyone, the song concerns a sealing party who ended up marooned in Open Bay, New Zealand after their support vessel sank en-route to collect them. It is believed the song was written around 1814 in Australia. The story is based on a real life incident of 1804 in which one Davy Lawrieston and ten others were rescued by the vessel Captain Bligh after the ship due to pick them up foundered. This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook but not yet in my personal repertoire
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