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Steve Gardham Whalers and chanteys? (8) RE: Whalers and chanteys? 22 Jun 21


I'm pretty sure this will have been mentioned in previous threads but whaling was on its way out by the time the chanty era was starting. It's pretty certain that some latterday whalemen would have known chanties but we simply have no records of them using them. The British whalemen's journals are few and far between and those that have survived show no evidence of chantying. Unlike the American journals they don't even contain songs, except for a few written by the likes of ships surgeons, but none of these entered oral tradition.


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