Like many Christmas carols that we perform today, I Saw Three Ships was composed anonymously. It was probably written in the seventeenth century. There are five sheet music versions of the song for piano here in the key of C, for beginners to more advanced players.
The beginner version of I Saw Three Ships for piano features the melody in the treble clef staff. The easy version of I Saw Three Ships for piano splits the melody between the right and left hands. The simple version of I Saw Three Ships for piano has a basic left hand accompaniment line that complements the melody. I Saw Three Ships for piano intermediate version 4 has a harmonized accompaniment. I Saw Three Ships for piano advanced version 5 features a more complex arrangement with harmony and moving notes in the left hand. Select one of the images below for a free printable PDF of the carol.
New! - I Saw Three Ships piano accompaniment parts are now available to accompany all instruments and singers, in free, printable PDF format.
For a lead sheet with chords, visit the main sheet music page for I Saw Three Ships. It includes arrangements of the carol in seven different keys, as well as links to the song for band and string instruments and recorder. The lyrics to I Saw Three Ships are also available. Visit the Christmas music for piano page for an explanation of the different arrangements of the carols, as well as sheet music for many more songs.