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GUEST,Observer Should women sing chanties (203* d) RE: Should women sing chanties 24 Apr 19


"Was/is singing sea shanties really banned on the ships of the British Navy? It seems an odd rule, especially on sailing ships where the rhythm helps a group of people to coordinate lowering or raising a heavy sail, for instance."

If by British Navy you are referring to the Merchant Service then singing of shanties was not banned.

If you are referring to the Royal Navy then there was never any need to sing shanties to work the ship as all work was undertaken to direct order or by pipes on a bosun's call that would always be heard in action or in a storm whereas a voice would not. The crew of a warship was always far greater in number than that of a Merchantman so working the ship was much easier.


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