“A particular favourite”, as the broadsides used to say.
I learned this from Suffolk singer Fred Ling, on the LP Sailor Men and Serving Maids (Volume 6 in the Topic/Caedmon series The Folk Songs of Britain). His fine performance was recorded by Peter Kennedy in 1953 at the famous Blaxhall Ship. Listening back to that recording now, I seem to have changed the tune a bit in the 30-odd years that I’ve been singing the song. Still, if you’ve got a problem with that sort of thing, you’d probably be best off not listening to folk music.
Nancy of Yarmouth