Sea shanty

What does "Sea shanty" mean?

Today it means: Work songs sung by sailors.

The word "shanty" probably comes from the French chanter meaning to sing. Sea shanties were sung onboard ship to brighten the task and make sure everyone pulled together by keeping time. Different tasks had different songs. Fast for pulling up haulyards and slow for working the capstan to lift an anchor.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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