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Thread #128220 Message #2880972
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
06-Apr-10 - 06:02 PM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Continuing, I'd like to re-direct attention to a references cited above by John M., for this time period (1842) and context (whaling ship).
It comes from ETCHINGS OF A WHALING CRUISE, by John Ross Browne, and is dated 1846. The events described take place in October of 1842 (I think). The song is being used at the windless. (pp. 133-134)
"Heave him up! O he yo!
Butter and cheese for breakfast
Raise the dead! O he yo!
The steward he's a makin' swankey.
Heave away! O he yo!
Duff for dinner! Duff for dinner
Now I see it! O he yo!
Hurrah for the Cape Cod gals!
Now I don't. O he yo!
*Round the corner, Sally!*
Up she comes! O he yo!
Slap-jacks for supper!
Re-re-ra-ra-oo-we ye yo ho! Them's 'um!"
They are off the Canary Islands. The windlass is the old-fashioned spoke windlass. And the song looks old-fashioned, too. Definitely not a "chantey" as we've come to know them today. This is old technology.