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Thread #126347   Message #2862580
Posted By: John Minear
12-Mar-10 - 09:23 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
"Sally Brown" Part 8

I think my next category for multiple attestation, which I have called "Historical Usage" has already been covered above by the the "Genre" discussion. It was my intention to focus "Historical Usage" on the various commercial enterprises that were current at sea in the 19th century and later, and to see where "Sally" put in an appearance. Here is a summary of that information.

We know she was being used on board the Western Ocean packet liners in the 1830's. She might have been used in the whaling industry. She was used by the East India Traders. And she was used by the Tobacco Traders from Virginia to Italy. She was probably used in the Gulf Port, probably by the Cotton Traders. And she was known in the West Indies (and may well have originated there), which would have possibly put her in the sugar, rum and molasses trade, (as well as maybe on board the Slave Traders and with some Pirates as well). She was used in the lumber business in the West Indies and Honduras.

She sailed to the Far East at least to Java, and probably to China and Japan with the tea ships. She went around Cape Horn in the San Francisco trade, at least in the 1880's. And she went to Australia with that trade. Since she was known in Canada (Newfoundland), she could have been involved with the timber traders there and the coastal traders down to the West Indies. One might say that "Sally Brown" was a vital asset to the maritime commerce of the 19th century.