The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #49761   Message #1109016
Posted By: pavane
04-Feb-04 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: Whiskey in the Jar
Subject: RE: Whiskey in the Jar
Note re Can/tin

Can is just short for canister
English 'Tin Can' was a canister made of tin-plated steel, shortened to just tin.

There is an area of East London called Canning Town - I presume this was due to the local industry?

(incidentally, I live near Swansea, which I believe at one time was a major centre for tinplate production)