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Thread #128220 Message #2873110
Posted By: John Minear
27-Mar-10 - 07:07 AM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Here is one more little snippet from Dana, where he mentions "a set of new songs for the capstan and fall" from the crew of the "California".
"The next day, the California commenced unloading her cargo; and her boats' crews, in coming and going, sang their boat-songs, keeping time with their oars. This they did all day long for several days, until their hides were all discharged, when a gang of them were sent on board the Alert, to help us steeve our hides. This was a windfall for us, for they had a set of new songs for the capstan and fall, and ours had got nearly worn out by six weeks' constant use. I have no doubt that this timely reinforcement of songs hastened our work several days."
Here is the Google Books link: