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"What Is a Sea Shanty?
Shanties are the work songs that were used on the square-rigged ships of the 
Age of Sail. Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hauling on 
lines. Much loved by modern sailors and folk musicians, they are rarely used as 
work songs today. This is because modern rigging doesn't require many people 
to be working in the same rhythm for long periods. 
Traditional shanties can be grouped into three types: short haul shanties, for 
tasks requiring quick pulls over a relatively short time; halyard shanties, for 
heavier work requiring more setup time between pulls; and capstan shanties, 
for long, repetitive tasks requiring a sustained rhythm, but not involving 
working the lines." 
From:
http://shanty.rendance.org/what.php





12 comments:

  1. Lovely photo and fascinating post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I enjoyed your Saturday Solace post.
      Have a good weekend.

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  2. Great teaching post and what a beauty of a ship...so many parts, to learn, John :)

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    1. It amazes me that they could coordinate all those lines to sail the ship.

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  3. Interesting post. It can inspire a writer to write a story. Those images are intriguing.

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    1. They were beautiful ships. I admire the men's bravery. Once out to sea there was no way for them to communicate with their homes or anyone. No radio back then!

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  4. Oh my stars! You won't believe this...I was going to do a post about a sea shanty, "What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor"!! Mind if I do a link to you and your post here?
    Great minds think alike!

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    1. I'd love it Kay. What a coincidence!

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  5. Hallo John,
    this is very interesting sir ! really fashioned ! saluti, buona settimana a te e famiglia !

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  6. Have a good week Massimo & family.

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  7. I came over from Kay's post. I love sea shanties. Weigh hey and up she rises earlie in the morning.

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