The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #164243   Message #4155500
Posted By: Steve Gardham
18-Oct-22 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: Cotton screwing songs
Subject: RE: Cotton screwing songs
From my reading I don't think the word 'chantyman' was ever an official title, just a description. He was just one of the crew and his only perk/pay was escaping the exertion on occasions. It was in the mates' interest to make sure there was at least one chantyman in each watch.