Sailors who lived before the era of digital entertainment developed work songs which helped them to work smoothly throughout the months-long journeys.

Sea Shanties are similar work songs created and sung by sailors on the square-rigged ships of the Age of Sail.

In 2020, the 26-year-old Nathan Evans, an aspiring singer from Scotland, sang a sea shanty and uploaded his video on TikTok. 

Soon the shanty called ‘Soon May the Wellerman Come’ swept all over the internet, with musicians, maritime enthusiasts, creating their reels and posts using the audio.

According to the consistently offered claim, the etymological origin of the shanty is from the French word Chanter, which means “to sing.”

Origin of Sea Shanty

In this one sailor would call out a verse, prompting other sailors to respond in unison.

Call-And-Response Format

The long-haul shanties, also known as halyard shanties, were sung during heavy jobs carried out for a long time.

Long-Haul Shanties
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