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Thread #140533   Message #3230500
Posted By: Charley Noble
28-Sep-11 - 08:25 AM
Thread Name: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Subject: RE: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Gibb-

"Shanting boys" is a new term to me, not having run across it in either Minstrelsy of Maine or Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman. Eckstorm and Smyth point out in their book that the capstan was used extensively by lumbermen to warp booms of logs across lakes and ponds and that work songs were often utilized, p. 234. Doerflinger includes no worksongs from the lumbermen or "shantyboys" in his book which seems odd to me, and no reference to capstan work on the lakes or rowing songs.

Charley Noble