The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52286   Message #800333
Posted By: Dave Bryant
10-Oct-02 - 10:32 AM
Thread Name: Musical question (chantey types)
Subject: RE: Musical question
Dead Horse - You, a young blade ? LOL - you didn't look like one at Tenterden last weekend ! - Anyway you'd be up on the poop-deck looking for Moby Dick (They can cure it with antibiotics now).

Seriously though, the time (and hence number of verses needed) would also have been dependant on:
How many men were available - if the capt/mate had left it to change of watch - there could be twice the number available.
How wet, ie heavy, the sails were.
And of course the weather - if the decks were a-wash and the ship was rolling and pitching then it could be very hard, slow, and dangerous.

Pump shanties might need to go on for whole watches - or if the ship leaked badly, all voyage. Topical verses would be made up at the time.