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[Note 050.10] A song called Calais Packet beginning "Who's for the packet were just upon starting" (Roud V302 Madden Collection (London Printers 3)) includes the line "Hollo! Stand clear I want to make a tack" so is clearly about a sail powered packet. The sung verses are quite different but the scansion of the sung verses is the same and the patter is similar The sail-powered version was printed several times and seems to have been widely known. The broadside "In support of Thomas Wentworth Beaumont, a candidate in the Northumberland parliamentary election of 1826" [British Library General Reference Collection C.194.b.119(317) ] names "The Calais Packet" as the tune to which it should be sung. The sailing packet song probably served as the model for the song above. and was almost certainly sung to the same tune. Greenwich Coaches, a song by Thomas Hudson printed in his 13th Comic Songster in 1832 or soon after, uses the same structure.

 

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