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GUEST,MudWeasel Hist. Origins: Stormalong? (23) RE: Hist. Origins: Stormalong? 02 Oct 01

I'd heard a slightly different version of the "Cliffs of Dover" story before. It sounds like Old Stormy was a composite of every nautical hero.

My follow-up question: does Stormy actually have anything to do with General Taylor (presumably Zachary Taylor) or are the General Taylor lyrics just later additions to the Shantey? I can imagine after hauling on a capstan for a few hours, you'd be singing just about anything that came into your head, so it's hard to tell whether the addition of Mr. Taylor is at all topical.


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