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GUEST Chanteys in Royal Navy? (96* d) RE: Chanteys in Royal Navy? 29 Apr 19

"Sailors & Marines: The fife, drum, trumpet, march or cadence serves on land as it does on deck."

With regard to the Royal Navy from the start of the 18th Century to present:

Fife and Drum - Possibly but only on ships of the line with a full company of Royal Marines.

Drum - Definitely as it was normal on Royal Navy ships from Frigates to Ships of the Line "To Beat to Quarters" prior to going into action.

Trumpet - Never heard of it in days of sail or steam. Bugle yes but only after the age of sail and again only on ships the size of Cruisers or above. On smaller ships the bosun's call was and is still used.

Drill: Marching, the cadence thing is very American and I have never come across it. Naval drill is completely different to that used by the Army. Royal Marines [Who are part of the Royal Navy] adapt their drill to something that looks similar to that used by the Army but is "silent" in comparison. You do not teach people to stamp about on any vessel with either wooden or steel decks. The salutes used by personnel in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army are all different due to the practicalities imposed by life at sea on a ship.

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