The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50732   Message #2830811
Posted By: Charley Noble
05-Feb-10 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bold Riley (chantey)
Subject: RE: Bold Riley

"whitestocking time" is when the wives of sailors got all dressed up to collect the half-pay deposited for them at the shipping office by their husbands who were off at sea.

"Bold Riley" I've always assumed was the name of the sailor who was away at sea.

Charley Noble