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GUEST,Timbrel BS: sea shanties (38) RE: BS: sea shanties 12 Jun 00

In order to load the bales into the ship, they actually did screw them into place to jam-pack the most possible cotton into the hull. Cotton-screwing was often done in the south by slaves and african-american longshoremen, so their music became one of the major influences on chanteys.

In "Highland Laddie" there's a verse:
Was you ever in Moblie Bay
Screwing Cotton all the day?...

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