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Thread #8009   Message #4148199
Posted By: Richard Mellish
24-Jul-22 - 03:47 AM
Thread Name: 'Wild Goose Shanty (Ranzo)' background
Subject: RE: 'Wild Goose Shanty (Ranzo)' background
I agree with Steve. There can have been minimal resemblance between the whalers that Bert sailed on and sailing ships (whether whalers or others) of the 1800s. In particular, what use would the crews have had for shanties?

On another tangent: there's also a song (shanty?) with opening line
"I'm a shanty man of the wild goose nation"
and refrain
"Hilo me Ranzo Ray".
Does this tell us any more about Ranzo himself, or the significance to sailors of a wild goose?