Item MS-2-375, SF Box 37, Folder 5 - Notebook of sailors' ballads collected by Fenwick W. Hatt

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Notebook of sailors' ballads collected by Fenwick W. Hatt

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MS-2-375, SF Box 37, Folder 5

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  • [1883?]-1885 (Creation)

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0.6 cm of textual records (1 folder)

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Fenwick (Fennie) Hatt was born in 1860 in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, to Simon Hatt and Rachel Sophia Hiltz. While he was at sea, probably prior to 1883, he kept a notebook of ballads popular with sailors. In 1885 he left the sea and set up a firm in Liverpool making ironworks for sailing vessels. His forge was the scene of chantymen's contests. He was married to Elizabeth Cullington and died in 1924. His songs were later collected and published as Sea Songs and Ballads from Nineteenth Century Nova Scotia: the William H Smith and Fenwick Hatt Manuscripts, edited by Edith Fowke (Folklorica Press, 1981).

Custodial history

Notebook was purchased ca. 1979 by the Dalhousie University Archives from Mrs. G. Cecil Day, Fenwick Hatt's granddaughter.

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Item is a notebook containing twenty sailors' ballads, one popular song and two song fragments written in at least two different hands. There is also a brief diary entry outlining Fenwick Hatt's movements between 1883 and 1885.

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The cover and first 8 pages of this item are no longer attached. Pages 32-38, 47-56, and 79-80 are missing.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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Materials related to Nova Scotia ballads and folk songs can also be found in the William Roy MacKenzie fonds (MS-2-296). The Archives also holds a typescript volume of Nova Scotia ballads collected by Maxwell M. MacOdrum (MS-2-234), and one by Thomas Raddall (MS-2-202, Box 31, Folder 11, Item 5).

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July 2012

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  • English

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  • Box: SF Box 37