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Shanties are the work songs that were used on the square-rigged ships during the "Age of Sail." Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hailing on the lines (ropes).

This halyard shanty comes from the days of the Atlantic packet ships. Then, ‘blow’ meant strike, and the song refers to the severe, rough-handed justice aboard when the 3rd Mate was commonly called the “3rd blower and striker”.

This is one movement from a suite of four well-known, traditional sea shanties, a choice if only a single movement is desired. See Abernathy – Sea Shanties for the complete suite at a discounted price.

(Skill level: high school and above)


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