Chorus: Now the Greenock Steam Boat's ready, [Note 711.1]
              Now the Greenock Steam Boat's ready,
              The wheels are all in whirling trim,
              The steam is up, the hands are steady.

Let others run far o'er the sea,
To rocky creeks, to cure the vapours;
From Glasgow to Greenock¹ we
Will ply, and never mind their capers. [Note 711.3]

Their patience lost - in lofty ships
Some wait the tide - right sair's the pity;
Nor ebbs, nor shoals, can mar our trips,
To stop our progress to the city. [Note 711.2]

With Captain Douglas, frank and free,
And kind, and cautious, wha would weary?
Sprung from the great Rob_Roy¹, we see,
The Steward¹ active, blythe an' cheery.


Sources (texts, music) & Publishing data

Origin Collected works of the author
Source Title On the Greenock Steam Boat
Bargery Number 711
Roud Not in the Roud Index
Latest Date 1818
Evidence for Latest Date Publication date
Source of Text An article by Graham Lappin published in "Clyde Steamers" magazine and given to the curator by the author. Lappin gives his source as The Steam-Boat Miscellany, published in 1818 [Mitchell Library, Glasgow reference number ML 311790 / GC CD 821 STE]
Author William Harriston (c1780-)
Music (Given or Suggested) Tune given as 'Roy's Wife' presumably 'Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch'
Source of Music abc.notation.com/tunes
Printer or Publisher W.Falconer
Where Printed Glasgow
Other Imprints No other imprints found

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