´De Hamborger Veermaster´ (Standard German: ´Der Hamburger Viermaster´, English: Hamburg's four-master) is a famous sea shanty sung in Low German. It is partly in English (an adaptation of the shanty "The Banks of the Sacramento") and partly in Low German. It was – and is still sometimes, in particular in Northern Germany –, the historical geographical distribution of Low German, sung as a work song.
Some claim that the "four-master" was the Hamburg America Line sailing ship Deutschland which at that time was used in transatlantic emigrant transport, but it is unclear whether any specific vessel is in fact referred to. In any case, this is in marked contrast to "The Banks of the Sacramento", which follows a similar pattern but deals with a fast and seaworthy ship travelling the Clipper route and taking "never more than seventy days" "[f]rom Limehouse Docks to Sydney Heads".
- Hamborger Veermaster with Text and midi files (in German)