Q. What is the origin of the British children's rhyme, "The big ship sails on the alley alley o"?
I was unable to find the nursery rhyme "The Big Ship Sails..." in any of our Reference books. I checked Granger's Index to Poetry and The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rymes. It was not listed. However, Kayleigh was able to find two sites that may be helpful. It appears that no one really knows the origin of the rhyme.
Here are the links:
We hope that these will help.