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Thread #148935   Message #3463297
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
08-Jan-13 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: What does 'Roll and GO' mean?
Subject: RE: What does 'Roll and GO' mean?
B., R. "A Cruise of a Revenue Cutter" _The United Service Journal_ Part 1. (Jan. 1834).

On board a well-disciplined man-of-war, no person except the officers is allowed to speak during the performance of the various evolutions. When a great many men are employed together, a fifer or a fiddler usually plays some of their favourite tunes; and it is quite delightful to see the glee with which Jack will "stamp and go," keeping exact time to "Jack's the lad," or the "College Hornpipe."

The task is unclear. Latter writers inform us that such vessels used the halyard maneuver now being called "stamp and go" or, more often, "walkaway", "runaway," and it seems likely. But the author doesn't specify what is happening here.

I find nothing after this until...

Whall, W.B. Ships, _Sea Songs and Shanties_. Glasgow: James Brown & Sons. (1910 [1913]).

In reference to "Drunken Sailor":

…It was the only song used for a "stamp and go," and when crews were reduced and it was no longer possible to " walk away" with anything, the song at once dropped out of use.



I take the point that "roll and go" isn't necessarily a nautical term, but I have only encountered it in sea songs...

Sure, but *which* [traditional] songs? If it's only "Sally Brown" and obvious variations on that like "Tommy's on the Topsail Yard" and {THIS chantey} (or a phrase thrown into the imaginative solo verses of Stan Hugill), then it might not be "a thing" (for my lack of a more sophisticated way of saying it!).