The Waterwitch single work   lyric/song   "In a neat little packet from Hobart set sail"
Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 The Waterwitch
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  • Editor's note: Traditional whaling song as sung by J.H.Davies in 1961. Recorded by Lloyd Robson for the National Oral History Collection. (p.240)
  • Editor's note: The Waterwitch can be seen as a localised version of the British whalers song The Coast of Peru ... this version [is dated] to the colonial sperm whaling era prior to 1837. The Waterwitch was a sailing barque of 236 tons, built in 1820 and. for a time, in the fleet of Alexander McGregor. She last hunted for whales in 1892 and was wrecked in 1917. (p.240)

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  • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
  • Western Tasmania (including the West Coast), Tasmania,
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