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Thread #151478   Message #3535622
Posted By: Steve Gardham
09-Jul-13 - 04:31 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
A well-known Dibdinesque type song is 'The Topsail Shivers in the wind' words by a Captain Thompson with music by Michael Arne. It was more of a drawingroom song than a sailor's song, but Huntington gave a version from a whaling log in 'Songs the Whalermen Sang'. I could imagine it being sung aft but not by ordinary crew members. Too flowery. It dates back to the 18thc.