The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50732   Message #2831373
Posted By: Tug the Cox
06-Feb-10 - 10:19 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Bold Riley (chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Riley
In Liverpool, social reformer Eleanor Rathbone campaigned to have monthly half pay collectable at the shippingoffice to support sailors families...who were otherwise forced to rely on charity for the duration of the voyage. Some single sailors nominated their 'sweethearts' who would often dress up for the day and spend the proceeds on liquor.