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Thread #52286   Message #799797
Posted By: GUEST,Ed
09-Oct-02 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: Musical question (chantey types)
Subject: RE: Musical question
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Short Drag Chantey: Short drag or short haul shanties were for tasks requiring quick pulls over a relatively short time, such as shortening or unfurling sails.

Long Drag Chantey: Long drag or halyard shanties were for heavier work requiring more setup time between pulls. For example, to get a heavy sail up to the mast, a shanty that gave the men a rest in between the hauls was what was required. The same shanty could also be used to lower the sails. This type of shanty usually has a chorus at the end of each line. These songs were used for long, heavy periods of labor.