Chronology:    Bargery Number | Main Themes:
1810-19  106 |  (awaiting analysis)
1820-29 616 |  
1830-39 054 |  
1840-49   |  
1850-59 426; 655; 738 |  
1860-69   |  
1870-79   |  
1880-89    |  
1890-99    |  
1900-09    |  
1910-19 154  |  
     |  
Uncertain 083; 708 |  

 

Historical Background:

Tourism was an important part of the steamboat economy from the outset. The cargo loaded and unloaded itself; during the course of the trip it could be sold food and drink (and plenty of it); and it might be induced to give money to entertainers busking a living. 

Steamboat songs are songs of the cities, when the countryside is mentioned it is as a place of resort away from smoke and noise.

The continuing association of the steamboat with enjoyment and freedom from the daily grind ensured that it was the object of affection in popular songs well into the 20th century.

Sources (texts, music) & Publishing data

Click to show Sources etc
No Songs sources etc data available.

3 across Articles in this Category: click a link

Eagle Steam Packet, the; or, a Trip to...

bar106: Dates 1816~1819|

The passage from Newcastle to Sunderland and back, and the rough weather encountered.

Read more

Charitable Steam to the Nore

bar616: Dates 1818~1828|

Bar616 [Synopsis] 

Read more

Hey! Ho! Can't you Hear the Steamer?

bar154: Dates 1913~1913|

Describes the delights of a pleasure trip. A British song heavily influenced by American popular music.

Read more

On the Sands (The weather was hot...)

bar295: Dates 1861~0|

Man travels by steamboat to Margate  and has misadventures in a bathing machine.

Read more

Funny Doings at New Brighton

bar655: Dates 1850~----|

The pleasures of an excursion by steamer to New Brighton including, dancing, drinking and sexual encounters.

Read more

Glasgow Religion

bar738: Dates 1853~1853|

A poem inspired by the Emperor incident.

Read more

Sources (texts, music) & Publishing data

No Songs sources etc data available.
No Songs sources etc data available.

JMB Tree