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Thread #46593 Message #692990
Posted By: Dead Horse
18-Apr-02 - 01:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Billy Riley (chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: BILLY RILEY
They used Jackscrews to pack the cotton into the holds of vessels, to ram them up tight and so get more in the cargo hold. Lots of negroes were used in this labour, and their chants turned into shanties when the sailors used them for other jobs, often the *tune* remained and the words were changed to suit Sailor John. Negroes formed a large part of the crew of some vessels, and took their chants to sea with them, and a hell of a lot of "white mans shanties" had negro origins.
I don't think the Blackball Line had similar origins......... ;-)