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JWB 'Rare' Caribbean shanties of Hugill, etc (247* d) RE: 'Rare' Caribbean shanties of Hugill, etc 06 Nov 10

Gibb, I don't have "Making of a Sailor", but in "Chanteying..." Harlow inserts the group of Barbadian cargo chanteys (which include "Sun Down Below", "Mobile Bay", and "Hilo, My Ranzo Way" as well as "Way Sing Sally") in the midst of his story line about the Akbar, describing the crew setting the mizzen upper topsail to "Storm Along John" and "Reuben Ranzo".

I just noticed this interesting tidbit: Harlow gives this note for "Sun Down Below" -- "Words by Masefield". Can it be that Southern black longshoremen sang a chantey the words of which were written by England's one-time poet laureate?

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