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Thread #126347 Message #2814185
Posted By: Lighter
17-Jan-10 - 09:12 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Of course there's no telling in any particular instance, but if there were any women possibly within hearing, shipboard discipline (i.e., the mate) would ordinarily have kept the singers in line. I doubt if many shanty singers were too "dedicated to their art" to take a hint.
What the gold-seekers sang would have been their own business, I assume. But that's a different story.