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Thread #126347 Message #2863365
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
13-Mar-10 - 09:43 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
I don't think we have this "Sally Brown" reference (?)
SEA DRIFT, 1858.
The author, Hercules Robinson, served in British warships against Napoleon. He states that when he first shipped, as a young boy, the officers just shouted commands through speaking trumpets.
'They were not allowed to do their work with such a song as Dickens commemorates--
"Oh Sally Brown, Sally Brown, oh!
She won't have a Yankee sailor, oh!
Cos she loves the nigger tailor, oh!" '