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GUEST,Lighter Origins: 'The Good Ship Venus' (19) RE: Origins: 'The Good Ship Venus' 26 Feb 16

Not only is there no evidence that the song was ever used as a chantey, no multi-stanza versions are known for sure till long after the Age of Sail.

Proving nothing, of course. But my own feeling is that the sustained, grotesque, outrageous humor is more typical of university students than of sailors before the mast. In my experience, at least, working-class humor tends to be much more blunt.

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