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Thread #140533   Message #3230579
Posted By: Charley Noble
28-Sep-11 - 10:44 AM
Thread Name: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Subject: RE: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
It's probably not a good idea to suggest there is no connection between what the sailormen sang and what the lumbermen sang. At least in the woods of Maine there are clear records of lumbermen who went to sea and sailors who went lumbering.

With the exception of the capstan work required to warp the log booms across a lake, there was no need of work songs in the woods, only songs for recreation. There are some nice vintage photos of men working these capstans. With the advent of small steamboats, the capstan work was eliminated lake by lake by the end of the 19th century.

Charley Noble