Gibb, ya need to commission your university's machine shop to build you a one-man demonstration windlass!
W. Roy Mackenzie transcribes "Rolling River" in 4/4 in Ballads and Sea Songs of Nova Scotia, 1928. The singer is Ephraim Langille; I could not find any evidence that Langille had ever been to sea himself, but Mackenzie presents it as a chantey used for windlass and capstan. So perhaps a semi-useful data point at best.
Thread derail: Langille sang two verses; the first is "O if I had a dog, I'd call him Hunter," doubled. In a local 1907 periodical, a man of his name is identified as an outspoken opponent of a wildly popular dog taxation bill intended to compensate sheep owners against losses incurred by the "ravages of dogs." Apparently this was a theme near his heart!