Smugglers and Smuggling - smuggler's song 2 p.53

This early 19th century smuggler's song is entitled 'Will Watch , the Bold Smuggler'. It tells the tale of a smuggler who promises his lover that if his next journey is successful, he will mend his ways and 'anchor ashore'. But 'in the haze of the night' the authorities catch up with his ship, and Will is shot. Following his wishes, the crew bury him on the beach in the dead of night.

About Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling

This collection of smuggling stories from early 19th century Hastings includes curious tales of jewellery hidden in fishermens' shoes, and of silk stockings sewn into the lining of petticoats. The author also incorporates a number of sailors' songs.

 

Taken from: Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling
Author / Creator: John Banks of Hastings
Publisher: John Camden Hotten
Date: 1873
Copyright: By permission of the British Library
Shelfmark: 8246.aa.6