Thank you all, so much, for your kind wishes. We have a monthly shanty sing, here in New York, at the South Street Seaport. A few months ago, we had a very special evening, paying tribute to the late Bernie Klay, a dear friend of mine, founder of the X Seaman's Institute and pivotal figure in the sea shanty community for the last 30 years.
I must say that for the first 20 years of my sea shanty hobby, I had to keep it a secret, somewhat like a closet fetish or illegal religion, confining my singing to safe venues, such as alone at sea... or in the shower. It wasn't until February of 1996 that I stumbled over a whole bunch of fellow shanty lovers, and began writing my book.
In answer to harpgirl's question, I'm sorry to say that I don't have "Sweet Forget Me Knot." (At least not yet!) The closest I have is "The Sweet Town of Anthony," a descendant of the Irish ballad, "The Sweet County Antrim."
I hope I'll pick up a few more gems by talking to folks like you. And I'm glad to be a part of your group.