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Audio Recording Whaling Song

Whaling Song

About this Item


  • Whaling Song


  • James H. Gibbs (singer)
  • Hanley, Miles L. (interviewer)
  • Stone, Robert L. (recordist)


  • -  Sea Songs
  • -  Massachusetts
  • -  Nantucket Island (Mass.)
  • -  Whaling
  • -  Pacific Ocean


  • -  No title given. First line: "As I was going up Orange Street I met Captain Edward Perry." (Content)
  • -  The events of the song begin in Nantuckett, Massachusetts. (Content)
  • -  Mr. Gibbs's name is also written T. H. Gibbs, but he gives his first name as James on another recording from this interview (AFS 25561). (biographical)
  • -  Mr. Gibbs is 84 years old. (biographical)
  • -  Forms part of the American Dialect Society Collection. (source)
  • -  Recorded in Nantuckett, Massachusetts. (venue)
  • -  Recorded on August 23, 1934. (date)
  • -  Mr. Gibbs, a farmer, formerly sailed on whaling voyages. (biographical)
  • -  The voice of linguist Marguerite Chappalaz can be heard in the background. (Content)
  • -  Mr. Gibbs says that he learned the song when he was a boy and sang it to his grandfather. (biographical)


  • sound recording


  • sound recording


  • American Folklife Center

LC Classification

  • AFC 1984/011: AFS 25569a

Online Format

  • audio

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Chicago citation style:

James H. Gibbs, Miles L Hanley, and Robert L Stone. Whaling Song. Audio.

APA citation style:

James H. Gibbs, Hanley, M. L. & Stone, R. L. Whaling Song. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

James H. Gibbs, Miles L Hanley, and Robert L Stone. Whaling Song. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.