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GUEST,SB Concertinas and Sailors (37) RE: Concertinas and Sailors 28 Feb 20

References (now lost) were that music for shanties came from a fiddle played whilst sitting on a capstan such as by a sailor who might have become disabled from falling out of the rigging.

Latterely I would opine that accordions would have been more prevalent than concertinas.

"Artifacts pulled from the wreckage of HMS Erebus, including an accordion, hairbrush with human hair, and a bottle of mustard, shed light on what life was like on the ship's doomed voyage through the Arctic in 1945"

And Shackleton's expedition had a banjo on board belonging to shipmate Leonard Hussey.


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