Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Dundee Whaler

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DUNDEE WHALER (S4x32) 4C set Roy Clowes Ormskirk 1

1- 8 2s and 4s dance ½ Petronella figure to opposite sides (petronella turn and set, twice)
9-16 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance Ladies' Chain
17-24 1s and 3s dance ½ Petronella figure to opposite sides (petronella turn and set, twice)
25-32 1s "zig-zag" to 4th place, 1L starting changing places diagonally LH with 2M:
1L+2M change places LH, 1M+2L also 1L+3L change places RH, 1M+3M also 1L+4M change places LH and 1M+4L change RH

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


The Dundee Whaler
Roy Clowes   Ormskirk Scottish Dances
Strathspey   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   2s 4s petronella halfway, finishing on opposite sides;

  9-16 1s2s 3s4s ladies' chains;

17-24 1s 3s petronella halfway;

25-26 1L2M cross diagonally by the left;

27-28 1M2L 1L3L cross diagonally by the right;

29-30 1M3M 1L4M cross diagonally by the left;

31-32 1M4L cross diagonally by the right, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


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The Dundee Whaler - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Dundee Whaler, comes from The Dundee Whaler - Song a Scottish sea shanty song featuring whaling ships from Dundee, like the 'Aurora' a barque-rigged steam yacht built by Alexander Stephen and Sons Ltd. in Dundee, Scotland, in 1876, for the Dundee Seal and Whale Fishing Company and the 'Balaena', which outlived all competitors and survived World War I as the last Dundee whaler.

There's the new built Terra Nova, she's a model of no doubt,
There's the Arctic and the Aurora, you've heard so much about,
There's Jacklin's model mail boat, the terror of the sea
Couldn't beat the aul' Baleana, boys, on the passage from Dundee.

Dundee (fully named as Dundee City) is the fourth-largest city in Scotland and lies on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea.

Throughout the Industrial Revolution, the local jute industry caused the city to grow rapidly because jute fabric was widely used for carpet, sacking, tarpaulins, upholstery and sailcloth etc.

This made Dundee especially interested in whaling, because jute manufacture required whale oil, which when mixed with raw jute enabled workers to spin the fibre into fabric.

The Dundee Whaler Song - Information Video


The Dundee Whaler Image
Dundee Whaler, The Aurora, c. 1913


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