Off to Sea Once More

This popular deep-water song tells the tales of Shanghai Brown, whose boarding house is said to have been prominent in San Francisco during the 1870s. Shipping off in a Bering Sea whaler would mean spending two to three years in the Arctic.

Lloyd's version is closer to the second version given by Doerflinger from a Nova Scotia fisherman, in which Ben Breezer, the poor sailor boy, must plough the sea once more. The first version comes from Frank Vickery, mate of the schooner Avon Queen, who sang the same tune for The Sailor's Way.