Shantying and Shanties Part I

By L. G. Carr Laughton, published February 1923


It is not uncommon for people to become interested in something, such as a custom, when it is, or is about to become, obsolete. Such a case is the shanty, the song of sea-labour, which crews of deep water sailing ships sang at their work. No collection of these songs was published until sailing ships, and with them shanties, were in decline. Carr Laughton seeks to establish when such songs came into regular use, as the evidence would suggest they were little known prior to the first quarter of the nineteenth century.

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Filed under: Pirates | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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