The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #32772   Message #433403
Posted By: Abby Sale
04-Apr-01 - 08:30 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Sloop John B
Subject: RE: Sloop John B
I like that record too. Got it recently from a really off -the-wall outfit called Camsco. It's (current, updated) notes go on that this was probably the first sound recording of it - in 1935. But I was startled by Sandburg's notes... He was told that the "weathered ribs of the historic craft lie imbedded in the sand at Governor's Harbor" in Nassau. It's relics were preserved with care. Already by 1927 "Time and usage have given this song almost the dignity of a national anthem around Nassau." Ergo, the loss (or disintigration from age) of the ship and the song must date well before then.

Until reading this it had never occured to me this was a real ship. So much to learn.