> I could be entirely wrong here since my source is anecdotal, but I
> learned from my betters that the Staten Island Hornpipe is a US tune
> the C-natural (I've always heard it played in D) in the "B" part is
> intended to evoke the sound of the ferry that runs from Staten Island
> to Manhattan.
It became popular in the 60's UK folk revival as it was one of Dave
Swarbrick's. It may even have been on the first McCarthy/Swarbrick album.
(My memory is not bad, but it's not THAT good.)
The Cnat is very noticeable, but the moment I first tried the tune on the
flute (with the cross-fingered Cnat, aka "the haunty note") I thought "Oh,
so *that's* why it's named after a ferry! (Although I suspect the Staten
Island Ferry no longer has a steam whistle.)