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Smithsonian Folkways dates this sea shanty to the period of 1765-1775.  Written by a common seaman, this song is one of the only chanties that can be conclusively dated to colonial times. Despite the rarity of this song’s survival, it is part of what was likely a very strong maritime musical subculture.


Colonial and Revolutionary Sea Songs and Shanties via Smithsonian Folkways


About Shauna Vert

Digital History geek, museum lover, former Smithsonian intern and uOttawa alumni. Tweeting @Shaunanagins, brainwaving at

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