SONGS OF THE SEA: THE TALES AND TUNES OF SAILORS AND SAILING SHIPS.

By: Hugill, Stan.

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198 pp, small 4to (10" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with reproductions, photographs, musical notation. "Life was short, brutal, lonely and joyless for the 'jolly tar', except for strong drink, women - and the solace of song. So he sang: short, rhythmic, onomatopoeic chants to time his backbreaking work at capstan and halyard, the famous 'shanties'. Or longer, ribald or forlorn ditties for idle moments, called 'forebitters' after the metal bollards on the fo'c's'lehead. He sang bravura songs when outward bound; yearning, sexier songs for the homeward reach; warning songs of pirates, press gangs, and faithless maidens; and songs of admiration for the likes of such sailors as 'Bold MacCarteney'. And here they are, the authentic words and music of more than a hundred sea songs and chants in half a dozen languages. Some are as old as the mists of time, some as new as the great steel-hulled four-masters in the nitrate runs of the 1890s. To describe and interpret that history, the book begins with an illustrated look at the sailors' varied machines: ships, brigs, barks, schooners, sloops and so on - and their marvelously complex riggings. There is a handy glossary of terms and vernacular, and many clear explanations of customs and language, from the above-mentioned forebitters to the gruesome 'Nelson's Blood' and the ever-present 'Armstrong's Patent' - the muscle power that made everything go. The sailor's skills, dress, pay, superstitions, drink, food - and loves - are clearly described and pictured. There are anecdotes galore: stories of shanghaiing and mutiny, shipwreck and cannibilism, storms and tropical isles. Every song is translated into English (and cleaned up a bit) where necessary, and accompanied by a brief history of its origins and its travels from country to country. But try singing the original words in French or Dutch or even (Swedish or Norwegian), if only for their wonderful rhythms." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very small bump to corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear.

Title: SONGS OF THE SEA: THE TALES AND TUNES OF SAILORS AND SAILING SHIPS.

Author Name: Hugill, Stan.

Categories: Military - Naval, Sailing & The Sea, Military - Music (Bands, Songs, etc.), Music & Dance,

Publisher: Maidenhead, McGraw-Hill: 1977

ISBN Number: 0070311382

ISBN Number 13: 9780070311381

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 20016

Keywords: Sea, Shanties, Sailing ships, Working, Ports, Shanghaiing, Press gangs, Pressed men, Girl friends, Lovers, Love, Whaling, Fishing, Food, Drink, Customs, Pidgin, Disasters, Whalers, Fishermen, Smugglers, Pirates, Death, Drinking, Swedish, German, French, Sailors, Age of Sail, Chants, Bold MacCarteney, Ships, Brigs, Barks, Barques, Schooners, Sloops, Rigging, Customs, Superstitions, Shipwrecks, Cannibalism, Storms, Disasters.,