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Snuffy Origins: What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor (48) RE: Origins: Drunken Sailor-Dickens question for Gibb 05 Mar 16


INCIDENTSOF A WHALING VOYAGE by FRANCIS ALLYN OLMSTED was published in 1841 and relates his experiences on board a whaling vessel in 1839-40.

If you go to Page 116 you will find the words and tune of the chorus to Drunken Sailor, as well as those to what is now known as Haul Her Away. These are reputedly the earliest known musical representations of shanties.


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