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Thread #34323 Message #466462
Posted By: Charley Noble
19-May-01 - 06:51 PM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys
It may have been noted already but Richard Dana in his Two Years Before The Mast describes his fellow sailors singing sea shanties, some of which survive to this day, in 1836 but only refers to them as sailors' work songs. Apparently, the sailors knew what they were doing but were ignorant of the proper term for their songs. They were flogged but not for that.