Ship That Never Returned, Sheet Music 03


Henry Clay Work, 1832-1884, “Ship That Never Returned, Sheet Music 03,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed January 29, 2022,

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Ship That Never Returned, Sheet Music 03


One leaf with preprinted staff lines handwritten in blue ink on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was removed from a bound volume. There is minor fraying along the right edge and along the lower edge. The document was laminated. There are staple holes at the upper left corner. There is staining of an unknown origin on the document. There is a handwritten check mark at the lower right corner.


Popular music -- United States Ships -- Songs and music Farewells -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Parted Lover, Lovers Parted


Henry Clay Work, 1832-1884


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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Musical notation, English


Sheet music


The Ship That Never Returned.

On a Summers day as the streams were rippled by the softest gentlest breeze,
did a ship set sail with a cargo laden to a port beyond the seas.

Did she ever return, no, she never returned.
Her fate is still unlearned
Though for years and years there were fond ones watching for the ship that never returned.

There were sweet farewells there were loving signals,
while a form was yet discerned,
tho' they knew it was not solemn parting for that ship she never returned.

Classification Title

Ship That Never Returned, Sheet Music 03

Document Title

The Ship That Never Returned

Alternate Geographic Location

Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut

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Scholarly Classification

Brown, Native American Ballads - 215 Randolph, 690 Laws, D 27 Combs, 54

Dimensions - Original

211 mm x 89 mm

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Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson