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Thread #41062   Message #591791
Posted By: Charley Noble
13-Nov-01 - 03:15 PM
Thread Name: Donkey Riding - What's Hong-ki-kong?
Subject: RE: Donkey Riding - What's Hong-ki-kong?
I may be wrong but I believe the usual interpretation of "donkey riding" is exactly that, one of the recreations a sailor might experience once he got ashore.

Yes, there were "donkey engines" to assist in heavy lifting but other than an ocassional wistful reference to "clear away the track and let the bullgine run" they didn't make it into shanties, because logically enough shanties weren't needed when they were used.