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GUEST Chanteys in Royal Navy? (87* d) RE: Chanteys in Royal Navy? 30 Apr 19

Very interesting Phil but it does not alter a word of what was said in the previous post. The thread is, according to the title, about what was done, or not done, in the Royal Navy. That being the case what was done in the US Navy is of no relevance.

"Natural or baroque trumpet calls - bugle calls, same-same"

True but in all your references they refer to "Bugles" not Trumpets. And all refer to days of Steam which is in accord with -

"Bugle yes but only after the age of sail and again only on ships the size of Cruisers or above."

Bugle calls 1916; A Bugle call for repel aircraft; certainly NOT days of sail.

Now onto the practice of stamping feet in the military:

- The Army do it
- The Royal Navy DO NOT [Days of sail most sailors worked barefoot]
- The Royal Marines by movement appear to but in fact DO NOT

"It's called stepping. The working shanty is a dance form."

Never taught "stepping", never in fact heard of it, and if indeed the working shanty IS a dance form then that might provide yet another explanation as to why there were no shanty's used as working songs in the Royal Navy.

There was a call on the bosun's pipe "Hand's to skylark and dance" sounded during periods known as "Make and Mends" - it signalled permission to act on deck freely as they wished. It was their only opportunity for leisure time in the open air.

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