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Thread #126347   Message #2812703
Posted By: John Minear
15-Jan-10 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Here are the shanties that Dana mentions in Chapter 29 of Two Years Before the Mast (1840):

"Heave, to the girls!"
"Nancy oh!"
"Jack Crosstree"
"Cheerly, men"
"Heave round hearty!"
"Captain gone ashore!"
"Dandy ship and a dandy crew"
"Time for us to go!"
"Round the corner"
"Tally high ho! you know"
"Hurrah! hurrah! my hearty bullies!"

In his list, Hugill lists "Roll the Old Chariot", "Cheer Up, Sam" and "Neptune's Raging Fury" as being mentioned by Dana. I haven't found the references for these three in Dana's text yet, but I am still reading. Anybody know where they might be?

From Olmstead's Incidents of a Whaling Voyage (1841) we have:

"Drunken Sailor"
"Nancy Farana"
"O, Hurrah, My Hearties, O"

And from Nordhoff's The Merchant Vessel (1856), we have:

"Old Stormy"
"Yankee Dollar"
"Fire Maringo"
"Highland Laddie"

These are all within about 15 years of the dates for the voyages of the "Julia Ann".