The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23468   Message #3805215
Posted By: Lighter
15-Aug-16 - 08:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Bold Benjamin
Subject: RE: Origins: The Bold Benjamin
Other than the mere form (and some would say the phrase "My boys") there is no evidence at all that this excellent song was used as a shanty. No shanty collection includes it or any variant of it. It seems not to have been widely known in the 19th century in any case.

Yes, it *could* have been used, by somebody, somewhere, as a shanty, but so could any song with a similar refrain pattern, including "The Two Sisters."