The James River Canal Freight Boat SARAH JANE


To purchase a copy of the canal society’s reprint and notes on the JRC Freight Boat Sarah Jane, go to


Text of “Burlesque in Lynchburg, VA: JRC Sarah Jane, HMS Pinafore and Minstrelsy,” by Dr. Homer Rudolf of the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA,, presented to the Capital Chapter – American Musicological Society, on January 26, 2003.


Historical Accuracy Notice:

Please note that the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society does not discriminate on any basis and that we do not condone any of the racial slurs in the original 1881 edition of  Sarah Jane, published over a century ago. We have reprinted it as an historical document, without editing or blacking out these words, which are very embarrassing today. Comments on page 18 suggest changes which could be made if all or part of Sarah Jane is  quoted or performed again.




May 30, 2013