I saw three ships is an English Carol dating from the seventeenth century. It has had many different lyrics to this tune which is a variation of Greensleeves. But this is the most popular version. Since Bethlehem is miles away from the closest body of water, the Dead Sea, there have been many interpretations of what the ships might represent. The holy trinity, faith, hope, and love, camels (aka ships of the desert) but it doesn’t matter the emphasis is on celebrating the birth of our saviour Jesus.