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Thread #135160   Message #3081004
Posted By: shipcmo
23-Jan-11 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
Subject: RE: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
One of the verses of Sally Brown is as follows:

Sally's father kept a little tavern
Just at the head of India basin.

which is part of San Francisco Bay area. The name India Basin first appeared on a map in 1868, but theories as to its origin remain murky. The best guess is that India Basin is named for the ships from the India Rice Mill Company, which docked there in the 19th century.

There are some other interesting references it the other tunes.