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Thread #16440   Message #153261
Posted By: SeanM
23-Dec-99 - 01:06 AM
Thread Name: Help: What is a 'forebitter'?
Subject: RE: Help: What is a 'forebitter'?
Don, I think you're confusing with the "footbiter". But to the actual thread... Kendall does have it right. The varying shanties were often known by the task that they were originated (or at least most often used) for... Thus, there are capstan, windlass, hauling, reefing, and a million other varieties of shanties out there. The Forebitters were mostly entertainment, but most of the "Authorities" agree that there was a fair amount of crossover... worksongs would be embellished for recreation, and some of the more popular recreational songs would find their ways to the lines.

Anyway, if'n you're in the mood for some real info from a real shantyman, look up just about anything by Stan Hugill. It's a real education. I'm sure some of the other seaCats out there will chime in with their favorites as well.

Hope this helps...