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Thread #140533   Message #3930642
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
13-Jun-18 - 07:18 AM
Thread Name: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Subject: RE: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
“The heavily crowned roof of the stern cabin appears on both Bermuda and Chesapeake Bay vessels built in the period 1740 to 1780, as do the cupid-bow-shaped scuppers shown on Badger*. The deck cookhouse or “camboose” appears on American-built vessels employed in the West Indies trade, but not on European-built vessels of that century. Vessels built in the southern colonies in North America, and at Bermuda, as well as in the West Indies, of course, often had their galley hearth on deck, with or without a house."

*130-ton brig. Most likely Chesapeake-built privateer Defence taken as a prize in the West Indies. The deckhouse is labeled “camboose” and the stove “hearth” in the Admiralty drawings.

[Chapelle, H.I., The Search for Speed Under Sail 1700-1855, (New York: W.W. Norton, 1966, pp.93-95)]