The Bonnie Ship The Diamond

The Diamond sailed for the Davis Straits in 1812.  She was reported lost in the ice in 1819.

Albums: Coming Home/ Bill & Lin O'Connor and Larry Theiss; Golden Apples of the Sun/ Judy Collins; Set the Sails/ Bantry Bay

The Diamond is a ship my lads
For Davis Strait she's bound
And the quay it is all garnished now
With bonny lasses round.
The captain gives the order
To sail the ocean wide
Where the sun it never sets, my lads,
Nor darkness dims the tide.

So cheer up my lads
Let your hearts never fail,
for the bonnie ship The Diamond
Goes fishing for the whale.

Along the quay at Peterhead
The lasses gather 'round,
With their shawls about their heads
And salt tears running down.
Don't you weep my bonnie lass
Though you be left behind
For there's not a rose on Greenland's ice
To make me change my mind.


Here's health to The Resolution
Likewise The Eliza Swan
Here's health to The Battle of Montrose
And The Diamond, ship of fame.
We wear the trousers of the white
And the jackets of the blue
When we return to Peterhead
We'll have sweethearts enoo.


It'll be bright both day and night
When the Greenland lads come home
With a ship that's full of oil, my lads,
And money to our name.
We'll make the cradles for to rock
And the blankets for to tear
And every lass in Peterhead sing
"Hush-a-bye, my dear."