The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169754   Message #4105673
Posted By: Steve Gardham
11-May-21 - 10:04 AM
Thread Name: 'Shenandoah' rhythm/meter
Subject: RE: 'Shenandoah' rhythm/meter
I think what little evidence exists point towards your conclusion, Nordhoff particularly clear. The logical conclusion to me is the chanty is a more complex development of the stevedore method. Let us hypothesise the transfer from shore work to shipboard.. are there any tasks aboard, c1830-1840, that would necessitate a similar exertion to what was happening ashore? Perhaps the rowing songs are closer to chanty form in that more pulls per line?