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Shenandoah by Harry Belafonte (classic ballad in MP3)

Harry Belafonte's version of the classic American ballad 'Shenandoah' is poignant and absolutely beautiful. The song was recorded in 1952 by Belafonte with Millard Thomas at the guitar. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. 'Shenandoah' has a colourful story behind it. CLICK HERE to learn more. (5.5 MiB, MP3, 3:17) minutes)


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Lighthouse Construction Types (illustrated article in PDF)

This illustrated article describes the various types of U.S. lighthouses based on material and construction -- from the stone, brick and wood towers of the 1700s to the Texas Tower, aluminum-clad and fiberglass varieties introduced in the 1960s. It forms part of The Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook. The latter was the result of a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Defense. (833 KiB, PDF, 8 pages)


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The Seafarer by Ezra Pound (poetry reading in MP3)

This is a rare recording of American poet and critic Ezra Pound reading in 1939 his translation of 'The Seafarer', an old Anglo-Saxon poem. Click here to read the full text of the poem. (9.8 MiB, MP3, 7:08 minutes) IMPORTANT: The audio file was made available on the Internet Archive for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to, and are © 2006 by, the heirs of Ezra Pound, Mary de Rachewiltz and Omar S. Pound, and New Directions Publishing Corp, agent for the heirs. Used with permission of the heirs and New Directions Publishing Corp. Distributed by PENNSound,


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Historically Famous Lighthouses (illustrated booklet, for smartphones & tablets)

This United States Coast Guard booklet features 56 lighthouses located in 20 states. Backstories are provided with black & white photos to explain the historical significance of each lighthouse. (3.5 MiB, EPUB format) NOTE: You will need an e-book reader to open the file on your smartphone or tablet. One of the most popular is FBReader, a multi-platform e-book reader. Click here to get it. FBReader for iPhone and iPad is downloadable on the AppStore.


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Lighthouse (pop and country song in MP3)

'Lighthouse' has a vigorous tempo and an interesting narrative told from the point of view of a lighthouse. The song was performed and recorded in 1953 by American pop and country singer Rusty Draper (1923 – 2003) with the Jack Halloran Singers. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation.(3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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Leaving of Liverpool by Roger McGuinn (traditional folk song in MP3)

American singer-musician Roger McGuinn does a sweet version of 'Leaving of Liverpool'. The song is about a sailor bidding farewell to a woman and expressing his hope that they would soon be reunited. This recording is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes)


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Young Susan (traditional English folk song in MP3)

'Young Susan' is about a young woman who dresses up as a man to join the crew of a British man-of-war. It was taboo then for women to join the navy or even board a naval ship. The belief was that their presence would create mischief and disorder on board. The song has an interesting narrative and is performed by Hazel Askew, a singer, musician and composer from London. It is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (4.1MiB,MP3, 2:58 minutes)


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The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (oral reading in MP3)

This short poem was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the most popular American poet in the 19th century. It is about the impermanence of life and the inevitability of death. The refrain "the tide rises, the tide falls" implies that life is a cycle — an idea that somehow offers a ray of hope. 'The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls' was read for Librivox by Rosemarie DeSapio. (998.6 KiB, MP3, 1:22 minutes)


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Rio Grande by Mordy Bauman with instrumental accompaniment (shanty in MP3)

This wonderful version of the outward-bound shanty 'Rio Grande' (also known as 'Away Rio') was performed by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. Note that the song refers to the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, not the Rio Grande between Texas and Mexico. (4.8 MiB, MP3, 3:03 minutes)


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Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (oral reading in MP3)

Part Four of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's classic poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is hauntingly read aloud by Lynne Hand (aka Teacher). Ms. Hand, who offers free English language training (see her website here), holds the copyright to the recording. She has kindly made the audio file available through the Internet Archive. Marine Café Blog is sharing it for your personal, non-commerical use (1.7 MiB, MP3, 3:10 minutes) In Coleridge's 7-part poem, an old mariner stops one of three young men on their way to a wedding party and mesmerises him with the tale of how he killed an albatross and brought bad luck to himself and his fellow sailors. It is a story of sin, suffering and redemption.CLICK HERE to download an illustrated edition of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.


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A-Roving & Drunken Sailor by Mordy Bauman (back to back shanties in MP3)

These back to back shanties by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007) are full of exuberance. 'A-roving' is about a sailor's escapade in Amsterdam's redlight district. It is followed by the equally bouncy 'Drunken Sailor'. The original 78rpm record containing the two songs was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (4.8 MiB, MP3, 2:53 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor by Flatbed (live performance, MP3)

This version of the well-known shanty 'Drunken Sailor' has the energy and ambience of a live tavern performance. It was performed by the American musical band Flatbed in June 2011 at the Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo, New York. The audio file is courtesy of the Internet Archive. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:47 minutes) CLICK HERE to see other versions of 'Drunken Sailor'.


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Wellerman by Nathan Evans (whaling song in m4r for iPhones)

'Wellerman' is a New Zealand whaling song dating back to the 1830s. It is a folk song, not a sea shanty as some have erroneously categorised it. The "wellerman" in the title refers to the boat/skipper that brought supplies to the shore whaling stations in New Zealand in the 1830s and 40s. The performer is Nathan Evans, a Scottish singer (born 1994) known for singing and popularising sea shanties. This audio file is from the Internet Archive. (2.6 MiB, M4R, 2;33 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Wellerman' and some historical notes.


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Wellerman by Nathan Evans (whaling song in MP3)

'Wellerman' is a New Zealand whaling song dating back to the 1830s. It is a folk song, not a sea shanty as some have erroneously categorised it. The "wellerman" in the title refers to the boat/skipper that brought supplies to the shore whaling stations in New Zealand in the 1830s and 40s. The performer is Nathan Evans, a Scottish singer (born 1994) known for singing and popularising sea shanties. This audio file is from the Internet Archive. (5.9 MiB, MP3, 2;34 minutes) Get the iPhone version here. For the complete lyrics of 'Wellerman' and some historical notes,click here.


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Whiskey Johnny by Mordy Bauman (shanty, baritone with instrumental accompaniment)

This version of the popular shanty 'Whiskey Johnny' has a bouncy tune and very funny lyrics. The song was perforned by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007) with instrumental accompaniment. It is part of a collection called 'Songs of American Sailormen'. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. Another version of 'Whiskey Johnny' is available here.


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Home Dearie Home (song of a homesick sailor, MP3)

'Home Dearie Home' is an old ballad in which the narrator, a sailor, longs to be back home (Boston, Massachusetts, in this version). The song was perforned by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007), part of a collection called 'Songs of American Sailormen'. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 2:05 minutes) See also the homeward-bound shanty,'Rolling Home'.


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The Constitution and Guerrière by Mordy Bauman (traditional song, for iPhone)

'The Constitution and Guerriere' is a patriotic song about the victory of the U.S.S. Constitution against the British H.M.S. Guerrière in the War of 1812. This version is by the American baritone, Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (1.6 MiB, M4R, 3:06 minutes). Click here to learn more about the song and the battle between the Constitution and the Guerrière.


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The Constitution and Guerrière by Mordy Bauman (traditional song in MP3)

'The Constitution and Guerriere' is a patriotic song about the victory of the U.S.S. Constitution against the British H.M.S. Guerrière in the War of 1812. This version is by the American baritone, Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 3:05 minutes). The audio file for iPhone users is available here. Click here to learn more about the song and the battle between the Constitution and the Guerrière.


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Song of the Seagull by Howard M. Branson (song in MP3)

'Song of the Seagull' is from the 2004 album of Howard M. Branson, an English singer-musician who was born in 1959 in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire. The singer identifies with the roving spirit of the seagull. His thoughts turn to his own self-searching and his hometown: "But there must be a reason a seagull never settles down,/ perhaps he wonders if he's seen the last of this old town/ like I do/ I'm wondering too." This song is provided by Jamendo Music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 2:43 minutes)


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Greenland Whale Fisheries by Three Jolly Rogues (sea song in MP3)

'Greenland Whale Fisheries' is an old whaling song that dates back to at least the 18th century (click here to learn more about the song). This version is a one-off recording in 1963 of three American musican friends: Ginny Dildine, Ann Hurt, Howie Mitchell (the 'Three Jolly Rogues'). It is courtesy of the Free Music Archive and comes with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence.. (3.3 MiB, MP3, 4:05 minutes)


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To the Lighthouse by Memoryhouse (song in MP3)

'To the Lighthouse' is by Memoryhouse, the Guleph, Ontario-based duo of photogapher Denise Nouvion (vocals) and neo-classical composer Evan Abeele (instruments / production). Released as a single in 2009, the song is representative of experimental pop and shoegaze (sometimes called 'dream pop'). Memoryhouse has made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence . (7.9 MiB, MP3, 3:25 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'To the Lighthouse'.


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The Impressionists at Argenteuil by Paul Hayes Tucker

'The Impressionists at Argenteuil' takes a look at Argenteuil, a town on the bank of the Seine River northwest of Paris, and the artists it inspired. Amongst them: Calude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Eugène Boudin, and Gustave Caillebott. This brochure was published in 2000 by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to accompany the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the Impressionists' time in Argenteuil. (69.6 MiB, PDF, 180 pages)


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The Fish in the Sea by Three Jolly Rogues (fishermen’s song in MP3)

'The Fish in the Sea' is a traditional fishermen's song that celebrates the bounty of the sea and the joy of sailing. There are various lyrics and arrangements of the song, which has also been documented as a sea shanty. This version is a one-off recording in 1963 of three American musican friends: Ginny Dildine, Ann Hurt, Howie Mitchell (the 'Three Jolly Rogues'). It is courtesy of the Free Music Archive and comes with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence.(2.5 MiB, MP3, 3:11 minutes) Click here for more about 'The Fish in the Sea'


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The Bold Fisherman by Allister Thompson (English folk song in MP3)

The Bold Fisherman is a traditional English folk song that tells a charming love story involving a young woman and a fisherman. Click here for the complete lyrics and some intersting background info. It is performed by Allister Thompson, a Canadian guitarist and songwriter. The recording is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 5:49 minutes)


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Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

'Life on the Mississippi' was written by Mark Twain, one of America's most beloved writers. Published in 1883 with more than 300 illustrations, it is the author's memoir of the steamboat era on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. Mark Twain was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi (read his short biography here). His familiarity with the river and navigation and his skills as a raconteur make this book a must-read for literature and American history buffs. (40.6 MiB, PDF, 623 pages) NOTE: The scanned book is courtesy of the Boston Public Library. For the convenience of readers, the file was compressed by Marine Café Blog minus unnecessary blank pages and the front and back covers.


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Blow the Man Down by Leonard Warren with orchestra & chorus (shanty in MP3)

'Blow the Man Down' remains one of the most popular shanties. This rousing version was recorded in 1949 by American baritone Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra and chorus. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.0 M, MP3, 2:16 minutes) What does the expression 'blow the man down' mean? Click here for some answers.


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The Coast of High Barbary by Pete Seeger and trio (ballad in MP3)

The Coast of High Barbary is a traditional song popular among British and American sailors of yore. This version is by American folk singer Pete Seeger (1919–2014) and trio, accompanied by a five-string banjo and guitar. It was included in a 1941 album which was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle-Austin Foundation. (3.1 MiB, MP3, 2:29 minutes) .Click here for the complete lyrics of the song as it was sung by English mariners.


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A Long Time Ago (aka ‘Noah’s Ark’) by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

A Long Time Ago is a halyard shanty that gives the story of Noah's ark a humourous twist. The lead singer is American musician Roger McGuinn, who has made this shanty available as part of his Folk Den project. The song is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (2.8 MiB,MP3, 2:03 minutes) Click here to read the lyrics of the song.


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Drunken Sailor (piano version, ringtone in MP3)

Your beloved mobile phone deserves a special ringtone. This is an abbreviated piano version of the highly popular sea shanty, Drunken Sailor. (548.6 KiB, MP3, 23 seconds)


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Song of the Volga Boatmen (orchestra with male chorus, restored, MP3)

The Song of the Volga Boatmen is a well-known Russian traditional song. It was originally sung by burlaks, men who pulled barges against the current on the Volga River during the time of the Russian Empire. This version was restored from a 1926 vinyl record featuring the Brunswick Concert Orchestra with a male chorus. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 3:12 minutes)

Read the Marine Café Blog review of this famous song: 'The Song of the Volga Boatmen: Hail to the human spirit'.


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Blow the Man Down by Mordy Bauman (sea shanty in MP3)

This is one of many variations of the 19th-century sea shanty, 'Blow the Man Down'. Performing is American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm record from 1948 was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.7 MiB, MP3, 3 minutes) See also 'Blow the Man Down' by Woody Guthrie, the legendary American folk singer.


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Song of the Volga Boatmen by Feodor Chaliapin (traditional Russian song, for iPhones)

Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin (1873–1938) is credited with making the 'Song of the Volga Boatmen' ('Eh, Ukhnem' or 'Yo, Heave Ho!') famous throughout the world. His powerful and expressive basso profundo voice shines through in this early 20th century recording. (3.0 MiB, M4R, 3:15 minutes) Click here for the MP3 version (for Android phones and tablets). More informaton about Feodor Chaliapin and his life and career can be found here.


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Song of the Volga Boatmen by Feodor Chaliapin (traditional Russian song, MP3)

Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin (1873–1938) is credited with making the 'Song of the Volga Boatmen' ('Eh, Ukhnem' or 'Yo, Heave Ho!') famous throughout the world. His powerful and expressive basso profundo voice shines through in this early 20th century recording. (2.5 MiB, MP3, 3:15 minutes) For iPhone users, download the M4R file here. Click here to find out more about Feodor Chaliapin's life and musical career.


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‘Recollections of a Sea Wanderer’s Life: An Autobiography of an Old-time Seaman…’ by George Davis

Don't be put off by the book's lengthy title: 'Recollections of a Sea Wanderer's Life: An Autobiography of an Old-time Seaman Who has Sailed in Almost Every Capacity Before and Abaft the Mast, in Nearly Every Quarter of the Globe, and Under the Flags of Four of the Principal Maritime Nations'. This autobiography is worth reading from beginning to end. It is not only about the life of an old salt but about a bygone age -- when, as author George Davis puts it in his Dedication, "wooden ships were manned and sailed by MEN of iron, and not as now, when iron ships are run by wooden men". Numerous illustrations and a glossary of nautical terms add richness to what is an engaging narrative. (27.6 MiB, PDF, 432 pages)


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Pushboat by Roger McGuinn (traditional ballad in MP3)

Working with boats is no picnic as the lyrics of 'Pushboat' suggest. Performing the ballad is American folk singer Roger McGuinn, who writes: "This Mississippi River song speaks of the hard life spent by the boatmen who piloted pushboats. These narrow craft traveled downstream, being steered by a long pole, pushed against the bank. This was a very labor intensive occupation. There were long hours of slow going, and songs like this made the time seem to pass a little more quickly." The recording has been provided by McGuinn under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States licence . (2.9 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes)


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The Banana Boat Song (Day-o) by Sarah Vaughan (Jamaican dock workers’ song, MP3)

'The Banana Boat Song' (Day-o) is by Sarah Vaughan (1924–1990), an American jazz singer who won four Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.The song was written by Alan Arkin, Bob Carey and Erik Darling and is an adaptation of the traditional Jamaican song made popular by Harry Belafonte. The recording is from 1956 and has been digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.0 MiB, MP3, 2:21 minutes)


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What Will We Do with a Drunken Sailor by the Irish Rovers (ringtone in MP3)

A bouncy ringtone for your beloved smartphone! This is a cut from the popular Irish Rovers version of 'What Will We Do with a Drunken Sailor' or 'Drunken Sailor' for short. (374.8 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds)


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Henry Martyn by Burl Ives (sea ballad in MP3)

'Henry Martyn' (also spelled 'Henry Martin") is a traditional ballad about a Scottish lad who becomes a pirate to support himself and his two elder brothers. This haunting version was performed by American singer Burl Ives (1909–1995), part of his 1944 album 'The Wayfaring Stranger'. Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3:03 minutes) Cick here for the complete lyrics and some historical notes about 'Henry Martyn'. See also 'Henry Martin' by Howie Mitchell.


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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (illustrated, Kindle edition)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem in seven parts by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) illustrated with 38 works by the great French printmaker, Gustave Doré (1832–1883). This jewel of English literature is a story of sin, suffering and redemption.The title character stops one of three young men on their way to a wedding party and mesmerises him with the tale of his youthful saga at sea — how he killed an albatross and brought bad luck to himself and his fellow sailors. (5.4 MiB, azw3 format for Kinde) Click here for the PDF edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


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The Flying Dutchman (vocals and orchestra in MP3)

"The Flying Dutchman" is about the legendary phantom ship doomed to sail forever, its appearance to seamen said to portend imminent disaster. The song was written by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl and performed by American arranger and composer Hugo Winterhalter (1909–1973) and his orchestra. It was digitised from the original 1950 78rpm record by the California-based Kahle-Austin Foundation for the Internet Archive. (4.0 MiB, MP3, 3:04 minutes) Click here to read some legends surrounding the Flying Dutchman.


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Leave Her, Johnny by Hazel Askew (shanty in MP3)

'Leave Her, Johnny' was traditionally sung when the ship was docked and the crew looked forward to leaving her after their last voyage. It speaks of the hardships of seafaring: "Oh the work was hard and the voyage was long,/ The sea was high and the gales were strong./ The food was bad and the ship was slow,/ But now ashore again we'll go." Performing is Hazel Askew, a London-based singer, musician and composer. The recording is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and is published by Marine Café Blog for your personal, non-commercial use. (5.9 MiB, MP3, 4:18 minutes)


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Deep Blue Sea by Roger McGuinn (ballad in MP3)

American folk singer-musician Roger McGuinn does a beautiful and poigant version of 'Deep Blue Sea'. He notes about the song's lyrcs: "These lyrics can be found in many traditional songs. They may be from an old English ballad. The tune suggests West Indian origin. In any case it’s a woman who has lost her loved one to the sea and hopes he will return." This recording is courtesy of McGuinn and is published by Marine Café Blog under his Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (5.9 MiB, MP3, 4:18 minutes) See also 'Deep Blue Sea' by American folk singer Howie Mitchell.  


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Auld Lang Syne by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band (traditional song in MP3)

Sing along to 'Auld Lang Syne' wonderfully performed by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band. Although 'Auld Lang Syne' is not a nautical song, seafarers can sing this tradiional Scottish ballad on New Year's Eve or any special occasion as a toast to old friends and shipmates. (1004.1 KiB, MP3, 1:04 minutes) See also 'Auld Lang Syne' by American folk singer-musician Roger McGuinn.


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Talcahuano Gals by Roger McGuinn (alternative version of ‘Spanish Ladies’, MP3)

'Talcahuano Gals' is an alternative version by American folk singer and musician Roger McGuinn of the English sea shanty 'Spanish Ladies'. Talcahuano is a port city in Chile. McGuinn has made the song available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (4.3 MiB, MP3, 3:07 minutes). See also Roger McGuinn's 'Spanish Ladies' For the lyics of 'Talcahuano Gals' click here,


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Sea-Fever by John Masefield (an oral reading in MP3)

This is an excellent oral reading by Jemma Blythe of 'Sea-Fever', which was written by Engish poet John Masefield (1878 —1967) and continues to be loved by millions of poetry lovers. The recording is courtesy of LibriVox. (1000.8 KiB, MP3, 1:20 minutes) Click here for a song version 'Sea-Fever' with piano accompaniment.


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Auld Lang Syne by Roger McGuinn (Scottish song in MP3)

'Auld Lang Syne' ("old long since" in standard English) is not a nautical song but it is one that seafarers would love. It is a traditional Scottish song that is usually sung to toast old friends and bid farewell to the old year at midnight of New Year's Eve. The lyrics also make reference to the sea. This version is by Roger McGuinn, an American folk singer and the man behind the Folk Den Project.It has been made available by McGuinn under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. . (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes) Click here to read the complete lyrics.


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Rolling Home by Pinniped (folk song in MP3)

'Rolling Home' by Pinniped is a folk song version of the popular homeward-bound shanty. Pinniped is a folk music trio made up of Erik Correia (guitar, vocals), Sarah Kellington (violin, vocals), and Bill Kellington (bodhran, guitar, voice). They play traditional Celtic inspired music. This song is from the Free Music Archive and comes with an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence . (6 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes)


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Deep Blue Sea by Howie Mitchell w/ Jean Ritchie (folk song in MP3)

'Deep Blue Sea' is a sad but beautiful song that somehow calms the spirit. It was performed by American folk singer Howie Mitchell backed up by Jean Ritchie, who recorded it in 1956. Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence . (3.6 MiB, MP3, 3:30 minutes)


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I Saw Three Ships by Roger McGuinn (a Christmas song in MP3)

'I Saw Three Ships' is a symbolical nautical song that celebrates the joy of Christmas. Performing is Roger McGuinn, an American singer who was the frontman for the musical band The Byrds. The song is courtesy of McGuinn's Folk Den Project and is published by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. . (1.9 MiB, MP3, 2:05 minutes)


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Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte (song in MP3)

"Island in the Sun" is a celebration of the simple life on a tropical isle. The song was written by Harry Belafonte and Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess) and performed by Belafonte for the 1957 film 'Island in the Sun' in which he appeared. This audio is from a 1957 television performance by Belafonte. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 1:39 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor (shanty, choral rendition, MP3)

An awesome version of the popular shanty 'Drunken Sailor' by The Roger Wagner Chorale. Founded in 1946, the Chorale was one of the first professional choral ensembles in the United States. This song was included in the group's 1955 album 'Folk Songs Of The New World' and is courtesy of the Internet Archive. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 1:40 minutes)


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Haul Away Joe (ringtone in MP3 for Android phones)

Pep up your smartphone with 'Haul Away Joe'. This fun ringtone is a cut from the sea shanty popular with British sailors in the 18th century and later with American seamen. (185.1 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds)


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Island Stories Retold from St. Nicholas (collection of stories, PDF)

Published in 1907, 'Island Stories Retold from St. Nicholas' makes for light and entertaining reading. It is a collection of non-fictional stories reprinted from St. Nicholas Magazine, a popular American monthly for young readers which ran from 1873 to 1943. The articles include Robinson Crusoe's Island (Two hundred years later), Impressions of the Hawaiian Islands' and A Tale of the Cannibal Islands (a true story). (30.9 MiB, PDF, 195 pages)


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Haul Away Joe by Howie Mitchell (sea shanty, MP3)

This charming version of the popular shanty 'Haul Away Joe' is by American folk singer Howie Mitchell. Recorded in 1956 by fellow folk singer Jean Ritchie, the song is courtesy of Mr. Mitchell and comes with an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence . (1.4 MiB, MP3, 1:32 minutes).


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Henry Martin by Howie Mitchell (traditional Scottish folk song, MP3)

'Henry Martin' is about Henry Martin, the youngest of three brothers who becomes a pirate to support his siblings. Howard Mitchell's version was recorded by fellow American folk singer Jean Ritchie in 1956. It is published by Marine Café Blog under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence . (2.4 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Henry Martin' and some background information.


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Drunken Sailor by the Blaggards (Celtic rock version, MP3)

This rock version of the popular shanty 'Drunken Sailor' was performed live by the four-man band Blaggards at Southern Star Brewery "Loading Dock" on 28th March 2015 in Conroe, Texas. The live recording is courtesy of the Blaggards via the Internet Archive. Visit the official Blaggards website to find out more about this Celtic rock band. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:43 minutes)


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Sails by Forget the Whale (song in MP3)

'Sails' is a wonderful song with elements of pop rock, blues and alternative music. Performing is the American pop rock band, Forget the Whale. This song is provided by this talented group of musicians under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence (16 MiB, MP3, 6:39 minutes)


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Song of the Volga Boatmen (orchestral music, MP3)

'Song of the Volga Boatmen' is a well-known traditional Russian song. It was originally sung by burlaks (barge haulers) on the Volga River, the longest river in Europe. This version by an unidentified orchestra is part of a collection of classical tracks recorded by American composer and musician Kevin MacLeod under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. (1.3 MiB, MP3, 1:01 minutes)


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Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy (traditional song in MP3)

'Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy' is a traditional English song featuring the beautiful voice of Hazel Askew,a London-based singer, musician and workshop leader. It is sung from the point of a sailor who bids farewell to his beloved Nancy before going to sea. Although it references the navy and war, the song should appeal to all seafarers. The audio file is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and published in Marine Café Blog to be used for non-commercial purposes only. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:51 minutes)


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Yeave Ho by Roots Acappella (shanty in MP3)

Enjoy this beautiful version of the pulling shanty, 'Yeave Ho', by Roots Acapella, a youth choir from Devon, England. The audio file is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance & Song Society. (1.0 MiB, MP3, 1:06 minutes)


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Pirates of the Coast by Black Bones (song in MP3)

A wonderful song for all pirate fans. 'Pirates of the Coast' by Black Bones is courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org and published on the Marine Café Blog website under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. ((6.2 MiB, MP3, 4:01 minutes)


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Drink Up Me Mateys by Black Bones (pirate song in MP3)

'Drink Up Me Mateys' is a heady song celebrating the pirate's life of adventure and danger. It is courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org and distributed by Marine Café Blog under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License . (5.5 MiB, MP3, 3:52 minutes)


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Coast Guard History (magazine about the United States Coast Guard, PDF)

'Coast Guard History' is a slim magazine that opens a window to the glorious past of the United States Coast Guard. Published in 1958 by the USCG Public Information Division, it features several articles starting with how the first cutter fleet was launched. The succeeding articles examine the role of the Coast Guard in peacetime and war (War of 1812, American Civil War and World Wars I and II). 'Coast Guard History' is courtesy of The Biodiversity Heritage Library. (3.6 MiB, PDF, 36 pages)


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Sailor Song by the Peerless Quartet (vintage song in MP3)

'Sailor Song' was recorded in 1915 by The Peerless Quartet, an American vocal group that recorded in the early years of the 20th century. The audio file comes from the Freemusicarchive.org under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License . (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:52 minutes)


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Bring Back My Bonnie to Me (traditional folk song in MP3)

This vintage version of 'Bring Back My Bonnie to Me' (alternate title, 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean') features the complete lyrics of the traditional Scottish folk song. Recorded in 1906, it was peformed by the orchestra-backed Haydn Quartet, one of the most popular quartets in the early part of the 20th century. (1.3 MiB, MP3, 2:20 minutes)


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Captain Blood by Black Bones (buccaneer sailing song in MP3)

'Captain Blood' is an exhuberant song by the Black Bones music band, part of their 2010 album, Pirates of the Coast. This audio file courtesy of Black Bones on Freemusicarchive.org. tt is  licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. (8.9 MiB, MP3, 4:14 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor (acoustic version) by the Rijsel Irish Boy’Z (sea shanty in MP3)

This version of 'Drunken Sailor' may well be playing at a rock concert or a drinking party. The audio file is courtesy of American archivist Jason Scott on Archive.org and licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (4 MiB, MP3, 3:59 minutes)


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Seagull by The Mind Orchestra (a New Age song in MP3)

'Seagull' is a New Age song from The Mind Orchestra, whose music is designed to inspire and heal. This audio file is from Freemusicarchive.org. It is licensed under a Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0) licence . (5.2 MiB, MP3, 3:37 minutes) See also ''Song of the Seagull' by English singer-musician Howard M. Branson.


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The Pirate Song by David Rovics (pop song in MP3)

'The Pirate Song' is a jolly tune by David Rovics (b. 1967), an American songwriter, blogger and podcaster. It is courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org and licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence. (4 MiB, MP3, 1:50 minutes)


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Rio Grande (shanty, ringtone for iPhone)

A zesty ringtone for iPhone users..This is a cut from the popular sea shanty, Rio Grande, also known by its alternative title 'Away Rio'. (420.7 KiB, M4R, 26 seconds)


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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (ringtone for iPhone)

A lovely ringtone of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, a traditional Scottish folk song popular in Western culture. This audio file  features the voice of UK folk singer Carolyn Robson and is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (190.1 KiB, M4R, 31 seconds)


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Heave Away by Roger McGuinn (sea shanty in MP3)

This version of 'Heave Away' is by Roger Mcguinn, an American folk singer and former frontman of the rock music band The Byrds. Licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States. (615.0 KiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes) There are many variations to the lyrics of 'Heave Away'. According to the music website Contemplator.com, the shanty is also known as 'Heave Away, Me Johnnies', and dates back to the Irish migration of the 1840s and 1850s.


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Healthy eating and depression: How diet helps protect your mental health

Depression is fairly common amongst seafarers. This small booklet explains how proper nutrition can contribute to one's mental health and fight depression. It was written by Dr Lynn Harbottle, Consultant in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Health and Social Services Department in Guernsey. The booklet is courtesy of the Mental Health Foundation, New Zealand. (190.4 KiB, PDF, 15 pages) N.B: Those suffering from clinical depression should seek professional help.


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Drunken Sailor (iPhone ringtone, instrumental)

A merry ringtone for your iPhone! This is the instrumental intro to the very popular sea shanty, 'Drunken Sailor'. (258.7 KiB, M4R, 16 seconds) See also the rock-style ringtone of 'Drunken Sailor' for iPhones (CLICK HERE)


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Away, Rio (sea shanty recorded in 1939)

'Away, Rio' (also known as 'Rio Grande') is an outward-bound shanty sung by sailors at the capstan or windlass whilst lifting anchor. This 1939 recording has a certain raw charm and features the unaccompanied vocals of Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. It is courtesy of the Library of Congress, W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (3.0 MiB, MP3, 4 minutes) CLICK HERE for a contemporary version of 'Away Rio' by Roger McGuinn.


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Island in the Sun (Harry Belafonte – MP3 ringtone)

This charming ringtone features the opening stanza of 'Island in the Sun', which Jamaican-American singer and songwriter Harry Belafonte performed for the 1957 film Island in the Sun. The song talks about the simple life on a Caribbean island. It was co-written by Belafonte with American songwriter-musician Irving Burgie. (279.3 KiB, MP3, 23 seconds)


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Lighthouses by David Stevenson

'Lighthouses' was written by David Stevenson (1815–1886), a Scottish civil engineer and lighthouse designer, and published in 1864. Stevenson describes in detail the construction, illumination and management of the early lighthouses. In the Introduction, he pays tribute to their beauty: "Tall and graceful as the minar of an Eastern mosque, they possess far more solidity and beauty of construction; and, in addition to this, their form is as appropriate to the purpose for which it was designed as anythinig ever done by the Greeks..." (1.4 MiB, PDF, 127 pages)


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Her Sweet Sailor Boy (old American folk song in MP3)

'Her Sweet Sailor Boy' tells the poignant story of a woman who dies for love after learning that her sweetheart has perished at sea. The song is said to have been sung by the early settlers in California. This 1938 recording is part of 'California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell' of the Library of Congress. (728.1 KiB, MP3, 1:33 minutes)


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Sally Brown (sea shanty in MP3)

'Sally Brown' is a capstan shanty with varying lyrics. This version was recorded in 1939 and forms part of the Library of Congress' W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. It features the unaccompanied vocals of Alex Barr, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, and Leighton Robinson. (6.6 MiB, MP3, 2:53 minutes) The Sally Brown in the song title is a Creole lady (woman from the Caribbean of mixed European and black descent). An interesting note on the song can be found here.


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The Mermaid (a comic sea song in MP3)

'The Mermaid' (also known as 'Down in the Diving Bell') is about a young sailor who falls in love with a mermaid and marries her. This 1938 recording features the unaccompanied vocals of Warde H. Ford. It is courtesy of the Library of Congress, W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 2:01 minutes) For more about mermaids in music, click here.


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (for iPhones)

This is a digitised verion of Belafonte's original recording of 'Banana Boat (Day-o)', a traditional Jamaican song. It has been converted for use on iPhones (3.1 MiB, M4R, 3:01 minutes)


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The Old Skipper (folk song in MP3)

'The Old Skipper' was sung and recorded in 1937 by Captain Pearl R. Nye. The singing is laid-back and the narrative, colourful and charming. (5.8 MiB, MP3, 4:23 minutes) See also Captain Nye's 'In a Storm at Sea'.


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone in MP3, chorus)

Liven up your smartphone with this ringtone. It is a cut from the popular sea shanty 'Drunken Sailor' performed by the 80-member Midshipmen Glee Club of the U.S. Naval Academy. (436.4 KiB, MP3, 18 seconds)


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In a Storm at Sea (old folk song in MP3)

'In a Storm at Sea" tells about a ship which is battered by a stormy sea but, by God's mercy, eventually finds safety in a harbour with its entire crew. It was sung and recorded in 1937 by Captain Pearl R. Nye (1872-1950). This audio file is courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress, for which Captain Nye transcribed the lyrics of hundreds of songs. (1.8 MiB, MP3, 1:07 minutes)


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Leaving of Liverpool (traditional folk song in MP3)

'(The) Leaving of Liverpool' is a traditional folk song about a 19th-century mariner bidding farewell to his beloved before he sails from the town of Liverpool, England, to Californa, USA.  It is also known as 'Fare Thee Well, My Own True Love', This lively version is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, part of its Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes) For more about 'The Leaving of Liverpool', see American folklorist Stephen D. Winick's article. (Click here)


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“Sung With Gusto by the Men”: A Unique Recording of “The Leaving of Liverpool” (article by Stephen D. Winick)

American folklorist Stephen D. Winick tracks the history and various recordings of the traditional folk song, 'The Leaving of Liverpool'. His highly informative article appeared in the Summer/Fall 2008 edition of the Folklife Center News, edited by Winick and published by The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. (1.1 MiB, PDF, 12 pages)


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for iPhones)

Enjoy hearing one of the most popular sea shanties every time your iPhone rings. The ringtone is based on a Glamrock Brothers remix in rock style of Drunken Sailor. (457.2 KiB, M4R, 28 seconds)


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty, ringtone in MP3)

This jaunty ringtone for Android phones freatures the intro to Blow the Man Down, a popular sea shanty. (319.7 KiB, MP3, 15 seconds)


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for smartphones – instrumental)

A delightful instrumental ringtone of the very popular shanty, Drunken Sailor, for Android phones. (274.6 KiB, MP3, 16 seconds)


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We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar (traditional folk song in MP3)

This is a beatiful version of We'll Rant and We'll Roar, a folk song which is an offshoot of the traditional British naval song 'Spanish Ladies'. The performer is Hazel Askew, a singer, musician and composer from London. The audio file is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (2.7 MiB, MP3, 1:59 minutes)


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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (ringtone for smartphones)

Get this sweet ringtone for your Android phone. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean is a traditional Scottish folk song popular in Western culture. This audio clip features the voice of UK folk singer Carolyn Robson and is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (241.3 KiB, MP3, 31 seconds)


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Columbus Day by Charles Hervey Townshend

First published in 1893, Columbus Day throws light on the real origin of the name 'America'. Wrote Captain Charles H. Townshend in his thought-provoking paper: "The whole world has been led into the error that America was named for Vesputius, a Florentine map-maker, who enlightened Europe on the discoveries of Columbus." (544.6 KiB, PDF, 6 pages)


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Rio Grande (shanty, ringtone for smartphones)

Liven up your smartphone with this zesty ringtone. This is a cut from the popular shanty, Rio Grande, also known by its alternative title 'Away Rio'. (540.1 KiB, MP3, 26 seconds) The full version can be downloaded from here.


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Away Rio by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

A beautiful renditon by American musician Roger McGuinn of Away Rio, a capstan or windlass shanty usually sung by sailors for taking in the anchor. This audio file is made available by Marine Café Blog  under Mr. McGuinn's Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. See also See also Rio Grande - Sailors Hornpipe.


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What Seafarers Should Know About Remittances

This guide from Marine Café Blog contains essential information about seafarer remittances -- what ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, says on the subject; the remittance rules of the Philippines and India; and some steps seafarers can take to protect their hard-earned money. It is free to copy, share and distribute. (476.1 KiB, PDF, 7 pages)


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Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour) Rules, 2016, of India

This is the full text in Hindi and English of India's Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour) Rules, 2016. The rules were published in the Official Gazette on 29th February 2016 and reflect India's compliance with ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which came into force on 20th August 2013. This file is courtesy of the Directorate General of Shipping. (446.1 KiB, PDF, 45 pages)


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Popeye the Sailor (ringtone for iPhones)

A fun ringtone for iPhones based on the theme song 'I'm Popeye the Sailor Man' composed by Sammy Lemer in 1933. Popeye has become something of a cultural icon and folk hero for millions of people. Says Encyclopedia Britannica of Popeye: "a pugnacious, wisecracking cartoon sailor who possesses superhuman strength after ingesting an always-handy can of spinach." (460.9 KiB, M4R, 29 seconds)


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Popeye the Sailor (ringtone for Android phones)

A fun ringtone based on the theme song 'I'm Popeye the Sailor Man' composed by Sammy Lemer in 1933. Popeye has become something of a cultural icon and folk hero for millions of people. Says Encyclopedia Britannica of Popeye: "a pugnacious, wisecracking cartoon sailor who possesses superhuman strength after ingesting an always-handy can of spinach." (464.6 KiB, MP3, 29 seconds) CLICK HERE for the iPhone version.


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Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP) 2013 results

This document is from 2013, but it still provides a good perspective on the state of Philippine maritime education. The statistics include the number of 2nd year cadets who passed the 2013 MSAP written exams and school rankings based on the exam results. (341.3 KiB, PDF, 6 pages) See also the 2016-2018 MSAP results for John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU).


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Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP): How John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) has performed

Find out how the prestigious John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) has been faring in the MSAP national written assessment of maritime cadets. This document covers the exams given in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (JBLFMU did not participate in 2019). It is published by Marine Café Blog under a Creatve Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. (474.8 KiB, PDF, 3 pages) See also the MSAP 2013 nationwide results.


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Patterson’s Illustrated Nautical Dictionary, Unabridged

This dictionary written by American maritime author and educator Captain Howard Patterson (1856-1916) can be rightly called a gem of nautical literature. First published in 1891, it contains at least 5,000 nautical terms and hundreds of engravings. (21.6 MiB, PDF, 391 pages)


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty) by Roger McGuinn

This version of Blow the Man Down by American singer Roger McGuinn should captivate all those who love sea shanties. The audio file is made available by Marine Café Blog  under the original Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. (2.9 MiB, MP3, 3:09 minutes)., See also Woody Guthrie's take on the same song with different lyrics.


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty) by Woody Guthrie

Enjoy this popular halyard shanty performed by the legendary American folk singer, Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967), together with a trio. It was originally recorded in 1941. Click here to learn more about 'Blow the Man Down' and its origins. (2.5 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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Whales and Whaling

This illustrated monograph has a wealth of information about whales and whaling with focus on Japan. Particularly interesting are the sections on Japan's whale research in the Atlantic and Western North Pacific and whales in Japanese food culture . This document is courtesy of the Japan Fisheries Agency and The Institute of Cetacean Research. (4.8 MiB, PDF, 26 pages)  


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Tale of Two Female Pirates: Mary Read and Anne Bonny

Mary Read and Anne Bonny broke the social and even sexual conventions of the 18th century. Both were pirates who rivalled their male counterparts in courage and ruthlessness. This monograph contains two chapters about Mary and Anne, respectively, which were extracted from Captain Charles Johnson's 1724 book, A General History of the Pyrates, from their First Rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the Present Time. (509 KiB, PDF, 13 pages)


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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an important key to understanding present-day disputes in the South China Sea and other maritime areas. In force since 16th November 1994, UNCLOS sets out the rights and responsibilities of nations with regard to their use of the world's oceans. (957.3 KiB, PDF, 202 pages)


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Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees

The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (also known as the 1951 Refugee Convention) defines who qualifies as a refugee, the rights of those granted asylum and the responsibilities of nations who grant the asylum. Relevant to seafarers is Article 11 (Refugee Seamen) of Chapter I:"In the case of refugees regularly serving as crew members on board a ship flying the flag of a Contracting State, that State shall give sympathetic consideration to their establishment on its territory and the issue of travel documents to them or their temporary admission to its territory particularly with a view to facilitating their establishment in another country." This document includes the 1967 Protocol which amends certain parts of the Convention. (476 KiB, PDF, 56 pages)


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A Cadet of the Black Star Line by Ralph D. Paine

David Downes, a 17-year-old cadet on the Black Star liner Roanoke, struggles with self-doubts and the hardships of life at sea. But he eventually comes to the realisation that the world of seafaring, with all its trials and tribulations, is where he belongs. 'A Cadet of the Black Star Line' was written by American journalist and author Ralph Delahaye Paine (1871 – 1925). It was first published in 1922 but should appeal to the modern reader who is interested in the world of ships and sailors. (7.0 MiB, PDF, 208 pages)


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Rescue at Sea: A Guide to Principles and Practice as Applied to Refugees and Migrants

This leaflet is useful reading for ship masters who may find themselves in a situation where they have to rescue people in distress at sea. It explains briefly the legal framework for such rescues and the obligations of the master, governments as well as rescue coordination centres (RCCs). The guide was prepared jointly by the International Maritime Organization, the International Chamber of Shipping, and the O?ce of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (2.1 MiB, PDF, 16 pages)


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (iPhone ringtone)

This ringtone for iPhones features Harry Belfonte's classic Banana Boat (Day-o) -- a traditional Jamaican song about dock workers who load bananas at night and wait for daylight to come so the Tallyman can take inventory and they can go home. It's delightful and refreshing to hear every time your phone rings. (249.8 KiB, M4R, 31 seconds)


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (ringtone for smartphone)

This ringtone of Harry Belfonte singing his classic Banana Boat (Day-o) will surely delight you and others every time your phone rings. (184 KiB, MP3, 31 seconds) See also Belafonte's original recording of Banana Boat (Day-o) in MP3.  


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for Android phones)

Enjoy hearing one of the most popular sea shanties every time your smartphone rings. The ringtone is based on a Glamrock Brothers remix in rock style of Drunken Sailor. (1.1 MiB, MP3, 28 seconds) The version for iPhones (M4R format) is available here.


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EMSA list of STCW-related inspection visits to non-EU countries (2005–2019)

This is a chronological list of inspections of maritime administrations and education & training institutes conducted by the European Maritime Safety Agency in third countries. EMSA periodically makes the inspections to ensure full compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). As indicated in the list, the Philippines has been visited by EMSA more times than any other country between 2005 and 2019 (156 KiB, PDF, 5 pages)


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Ships & Ways of Other Days by E. Keble Chatterton

In the Introduction to Ships & Ways of Other Days, British maritime writer Edward Keble Chatterton (1878 – 1944) writes: "I can promise the reader that if he loves ships, if he has a sympathetic interest in that curious composite creature the seaman—who throughout history has been compelled to endure the greatest hardships and deprivations for the benefit of those whose happy fortune it is to live on shore—he will find in the ensuing pages much that will both surprise him and entertain him." Chatterton delivers big time on that promise. The book is well-reserarched and well-written. More than a historical account, it gives an intimate picture of the life lived on the sailing ships of yore. (22.1 MiB, PDF, 420 pages) See also Chatterton's Sailing Ships: The Story of their Development from the Earliest Times to the Present Day


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Seashells: The Plainness and Beauty of Their Mathematical Description by Jorge Picado

This short paper takes a look at the mysterious beauty of seashells using a simple mathematical model. It was written by Jorge Picado, mathematics professor at the Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal. According to Picado, "one might at frst tend to think that the growth of plants and animals, because of their elaborate forms, are ruled by highly complex laws.. However, this is surprisingly not always true: many aspects of the growth of plants and animals may be described by remarkably simple mathematical laws. An obvious example of this are the seashells and snails..." (1.6 MiB, PDF, 18 pages)


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Small Guide of Venice: Sites Not to Miss and Unconventional Ones

This small, 10-page guide from the La Porta d'Oriente hotel is a handy reference for those visiting Venice. It includes pointers on how visitors should conduct themselves; the main tourist sites to visit; a restaurant guide; and curiosities and legends about Venice. (2.5 MiB, PDF, 10 pages)


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Venice by Gustav Pauli

This is a must-read book for anyone who has fallen in love with the famed city. Published in 1904, Venice was written by Gustav Pauli (1866 – 1938), a German art historian who served as museum director of Kunsthalle Bremen and Kunsthalle Hamburg. Pauli starts off with a history of Venice and then zooms in on its rich heritage of architecture, sculpture and painting. Photos fill the pages to take the reader on a wonderful voyage through time. (14.6 MiB, PDF, 170 pages)


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Sea-Fever by John Masefield (song version of the poem in MP3)

Listen to John Masefield's famous poem 'Sea-Fever' sung with piano accompaniment. The song was composed by English composer John Ireland (1879 – 1962) to the text of the poem. It was performed in 2016 by Peter Mellalieu at a house concert of the Auckland Lieder Group, Inc. This file is published on this website under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence .(3.3 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes) See also Jemma Blythe's oral reading of' 'Sea-Fever'.


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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018: The Yearbook

Marvel at more than 100 winning photos from the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) international competition. The Yearkbook is produced by the UK-based Underwater Photography Magazine. It includes the judges' comments and photographers' backstories to enrich your viewing experience. (35.6 MiB, PDF, 162 pages) See also Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019: The Yearbook


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The Youth Guide to the Ocean (1st Edition)

The Youth Guide to the Ocean is copiously illustrated and packed with essential information about the ocean and marine life. Although written and produced for young people, it is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the ocean. This guide is from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the copyright holder. (32.9 MiB, PDF, 262 pages)


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Sea Lanes and Other Poems

Sea Lanes and Other Poems should resonate with all those who have worked at sea. This collection of sea poems, first published in 1921, was written by Burt Franklin Jenness, who served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy during World War I (CLICK HERE for more about the author). In the title poem, Jenness compares the sea to a lonely road that beckons with its mysterious beauty: "With never a milestone on the way, / Or friendly tavern to greet the sight; / With only the sun to guide by day. / And a single star, perhaps, at night. / It stretches away to meet the sky, / This road that never ends at all. / And up where the meteors blaze and die / It catches the dust when they fall." (3.4 MiB, PDF, 95 pages)


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Singing Histories – Plymouth

Singing Histories - Plymouth is an illustrated booklet featuring 10 songs, mostly with a sea theme, which are part of the history and culture of the English port city of Plymouth. It contains the lyrics and a brief note for each of the songs. This is part of the Singing Histories project of Sing London, the arts organisation whose mission is to unite the nation in song. (1.3 MiB , PDF, 15 pages)


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Hanging Johnny (shanty in MP3)

Hanging Johnny is a popular halyard shanty said to have been sung by sailors on Great Lakes vessels. This is a digitised version of the 1939 recording from the US Library of Congress featuring the unaccompanied vocals of Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. An interesting article about the song and its intriguing title can be found here. (4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:08 minutes)


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Sailing Ships: The Story of their Development from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

Sailing Ships: The Story of their Development from the Earliest Times to the Present Day was first published in 1909 but it remains one of the most comprehensive and well-researched books on the subject. British maritime writer Edward Keble Chatterton (1878 – 1944) provides a huge trove of information plus 130 illustrations.. He concludes the book with a beautiful tribute to the sailing ship: "Now that we have shown...her noble and illustrious pedigree, her ancestry reaching back through the centuries into the first blush of the dawn of the world's creation, perhaps we shall regard her with an interest, a respect and affection at once greater and deepper because we have become better acquainted with the reaons that have caused each of these developments." (13.6 MiB, PDF, 438 pages)


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The Sailor’s Alphabet (sea song in MP3)

The Sailor's Alphabet is a delightful song from the Age of Sail. It was sung by sailors when they were relaxing in the forecastle or on shore. This is a digitised version of the original 1939 recording by Alex Barr, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (11.4 MiB, MP3, 4:59 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor by Midshipmen Glee Club, USNA (sea shanty in MP3)

Listen to the popular Drunken Sailor performed robustly by the 80-member Midshipmen Glee Club of the U.S. Naval Academy. This shanty was part of the album 'Anchors Aweigh! Songs of the U.S. Navy' released in 1977. (4 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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Shenandoah (traditional American folk song in MP3)

Listen to this beautiful American folk song performed by Roger Mcguinn of the popular Folk Den Project. Shenandoah dates back to at least the early 19th century. American folklorist Alan Lomax suggested that it was a sea-shanty that originated with French-Canadian voyageurs. The US Library of Congress notes: "As unclear as is the song’s origin, so is the definitive interpretation of its text. Some believe that the song refers to the river of the same name. Others suggest that it is of Native American origin, for it tells the tale of Sally, the daughter of the Indian Chief Shenandoah, who is courted for seven years by a white Missouri river trader. Regardless of these textual discrepancies, 'Shenandoah' remains an American classic."  This song is published here under Mr. McGuinn's Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US.  (1.0 MiB, MP3, 4:27 minutes)


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Starboard Lights: Salt Water Tales by A.B. Hawser, Master

Starboard Lights: Salt Water Tales was written by A.B. Hawser, pseudonym of Julius Washington Muller (1867 – 1930). Published in 1901, the book is remarkable for its easy, down-to-earth language, and engaging wit. Consider this first paragraph from the first chapter, "What Happened at Sea': "Never mind where this ship was bound. She belonged to a firm of fine, jovial Englishmen?most agreeable persons, with an amiable weakness for overloading and undermanning their vessels. It's easy enough. The Plimsoll's mark that the Lloyds people put on a ship can't talk, and a little thing like jamming cargo in till the mark is way under water doesn't make the craft look particularly bad when she's lying at her berth in a slip where there are no waves." (14.2 MiB, PDF, 223 pages)


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Goodby, fare you well, or Homeward bound (shanty in MP3)

This is a digitised version of the original 1939 recording of Goodby, fare you well (or Homeward bound), a capstan shanty that ends with the triumphant cry "Vast heavin!". It features the unaccompanied vocals of Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. This file is from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 4:50 minutes)


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The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties (EPUB format for smartphones and tablets)

First published in 1921, The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties is a great read for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of shanties (old sailors' work songs). The 30 shanties in this book were collected by Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1865 – 1938), English organist, choir director and music scholar. They are accompanied by sheet music for piano and some interesting notes on each shanty. (1.4 MiB, EPUB)


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Moby Dick by Herman Melville (comics version)

Entertain yourself with this comics version of Herman Melville's great 1851 sea classic. Moby Dick (complete title: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale) is not just an adventure novel but an epic story about man's struggle with nature and his inner self. (2.0 MiB, PDF, 52 pages)


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Coping with Depression

Coping with Depression is a very informative booklet for seafarers and others who suffer from this medical condition and those whose work involves helping the depressed. It is published by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. In an easy-to-read format, it discusses the symptoms and causes of depression, the myths surrounding it, and the steps to tackle depression. (1.1 MiB, PDF, 39 pages)


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Drunken Sailor, The by Leonard Warren (shanty in MP3)

Sing along to this popular sea shanty sung by American baritone Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra and chorus. Warren's version of The Drunken Sailor with arrangement by Tom Scott might even make you want to dance.This is a digitised version of the original 78rpm record released in 1949. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties (PDF)

First published in 1921, The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties is a great read for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of shanties (old sailors' work songs). The 30 shanties in this book were collected by Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1865 – 1938), English organist, choir director and music scholar. They are accompanied by sheet music for piano and some interesting notes on each shanty. (7.1 MiB, PDF, 75 pages) See also the EPUB edition of this book (for smartphones and tablets)


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Standard Employment Contract (SEC) for Filipino seafarers, as amended in 2010

This official Philippine document stipulates the standard terms and conditions for the overseas employment of Filipinos on ocean-going vessels as amended in 2010. A must-have reference for foreign employers and especially for Filipino seafarers. (8.6 MiB, PDF, 39 pages).


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A Short Guide: How to Protect Your Rights as a Seafarer by Barista Uno

This is not your usual how-to guide on seafarers' rights. It contains a number of practical tips that you won't find elsewhere. The booklet is published by Marine Café Blog in appreciation of the men and women who work at sea and keep the global trade going. It is free to copy and share under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives 4.0 International License . (517 KiB, PDF, 17 pages) See also 'What Seafarers Should Know About Remittances' (free guide)


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Rio Grande – Sailors Hornpipe (shanty in MP3)

Enjoy this bouncy shanty which was sung by British and American sailors of old. Rio Grande - Sailors Hornpipe (also known as 'Away Rio' or 'Rio Grande') is courtesy of the San Diego Maritime Museum in California, part of its Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection. The title refers to the Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the southernmost part of Brazil. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3:48 minutes) See also Away Rio by Roger McGuinn.


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An Ocean Tramp by Philip D. Heywood

Published in 1888, An Ocean Tramp is the kind of book that you will not want to put down once you've started reading the first few paragraphs. It is about the adventures of a young lad who was inspired to go to sea after being fascinated by the stories told by the family neighbour, an old, down-and-out English mariner. Very little is known about the author, Philip D. Heywood, but this short novel attests to his gift as a storyteller. (18 MiB, PDF, 232 pages)


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Erie Canal by Roger McGuinn (a bouncy song in MP3)

You will love the bouncy tune of Erie Canal. It tells a comic story about a tragic boat journey down the historic Erie Canal. The latter was built in the 19th century to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. This song is part of American singer Roger McGuinn's Folk Den project. It being shared by Marine Café Blog under the original Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. .(2.9 MiB, mp3, 3:09 minutes)


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Principal Parts and Sails of 19th-Century Sailing Ships

This is a valuable reference material for sailing enthusiasts, maritime historians, writers and teachers. It describes the principal parts of a sailing ship in the British or American fleets of the 19th century, as well as the locations and naming protocol of masts, yards, gaffs, stays and booms and the sails they spread. (942 KiB, PDF, 8 pages) See also Introduction to Sail and Rigging Types by Martin Hendry (illustrated)


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The Times are Hard (sea shanty in MP3)

Many seafarers will be able identify with the lyrics of The Times are Hard: The times are hard and the wages low/ O leave her Johnnie leave her/ O the times are hard and the wages low/ It's time for us to leave her. This sea shanty is performed by Roots A Capella, a youth choir in Devon, England. The audio file is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance & Song Society. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 1:42 minutes)


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Lost Ships and Lonely Seas

Enjoy these 17 true stories of shipwrecks and other unfortunate incidents at sea. Published in 1921, Lost Ships and Lonely Seas reads like an adventure book. The author, American journalist Ralph Delahaye Paine, throws light on the perils of 19th century seafaring. An excerpt from Chapter 1: The wild gale smote them in the darkness of night. They tried to heave the vessel to, but she was battered and wrenched without mercy. Stout canvas was whirled away in fragments. The seams of the hull opened as she labored, and six feet of water flooded the hold. Leaking like a sieve, the Polly would never see port again. (9.3 MiB, PDF, 450 pages)


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US Coast Guard circular on implementation of ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The United States is not a signatory to ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. However, the US Coast Guard has a voluntary inspection programme for vessel owners/operators who wish to have their compliance with the Convention documented. For this purpose, the USCG issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 02-13 for the guidance of Coast Guard marne inspectors and Recognized Classification Societies or RCS. (837 KiB, PDF, 62 pages)


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A Wanderer’s Songs of the Sea

A Wanderer's Songs of the Sea is a book of poems written by American author Charles Augustus Keeler (1871 – July 31, 1937). The 20 poems are set in different locales around the world. Keeler's style of poetric writing is exemplified by the last stanza of the last poem, 'Leaving Honolulu': Aloha, fair Oahu, slowly palng o'er the tide,/ Your peaks may fade but in my heart your vision shall abide;/ Still the flame of your hibiscus, still those wistful tropic eyes/ Shall entrall me to your palm-groves, shall endear your azure skies!  (2.4 MiB, PDF, 68 pages)


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The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors

Published in 1919, The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors describes the glory days of American merchant shipping. It was written by the noted American journalist and author, Ralph Delahaye Paine (1871 – 1925). The first two sentences will make you want to continue reading till the end of the book: The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems regularly remote, almost unreal, to the later generations. A people with a native genius for seafaring won and held a brilliant supremacy through two centuries and then forsook this heritage of theirs. (6.8 MiB, PDF, 230 pages)


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Day-O (Day Dah Light) by Roger McGuinn (MP3)

American musician Roger McGuinn interprets an old Jamaican song which was sung by men as they loaded ships with bananas. This song is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project. It is shared here by Marine Café Blog under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. (3.0 MiB file size, MP3 format, 2:10 minutes). See also Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat (Day-o)


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The Buccaneers and Marooners of America: Being an Account of the Famous Adventures and Daring Deeds of Certain Notorious Freebooters of the Spanish Main (edited by Howard Pyle)

This book chronicles the exploits of several 17th-century pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard. It should appeal to anyone who is fascinated with pirates.As American illustrator and author Howard Pyle (1853 –1911) notes in the Introduction: Courage and daring, no matter how mad and ungodly, have always a redundancy of vim and life to recommend them to the nether man that lies within us, and no doubt his desperate courage, his battle against the tremendous odds of all the civilized world of law and order had had much to do in making a popular hero of our friend of the black flag. (20.7 MiB, PDF, 400 pages)


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The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad

First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea is a collection of autobiographical essays by Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) based on his life as a merchant sailor for almost 20 years. Commenting on the book, Conrad wrote: Within these pages I make a full confession not of my sins but of my emotions. It is the best tribute my piety can offer to the ultimate shapers of my character, convictions, and, in a sense, destiny--to the imperishable sea, to the ships that are no more and to the simple men who have had their day. (13.3 MiB, PDF, 336 pages)


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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (PDF edition)

A Journal of the Plague Year by English novelist Daniel Defoe (1660–1731) is about the Great Plague of London in 1664–65. The story is narrated by one "H.F.", a purported eyewitness. Although fictionalised, Defoe's historical reconstruction of this grim chapter in London's history is convincing. Indeed, parts of it have an uncanny resemblance to events occurring during the coronavirus pandemic that started in 2019. (761.4 KiB, PDF, 181 pages ).


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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (EPUB edition)

A Journal of the Plague Year by English novelist Daniel Defoe (1660–1731) is about the Great Plague of London in 1664–65. The story is narrated by one "H.F.", a purported eyewitness. Although fictionalised, Defoe's historical reconstruction of this grim chapter in London's history is convincing. Indeed, parts of it have an uncanny resemblance to events occurring during the coronavirus pandemic that started in 2019. NOTE: You need an appropriate e-book reader to view the file on your smartphne or tablet. (413.2 KiB, EPUB).


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The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea by James Fenimore Cooper

First published in 1824, The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea is a novel by James Fenimore Cooper, the first major American novelist and a sailor by profession. Says the Encyclopedia Britannica: The work, which was admired by Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad for its authentic portrayal of a seafaring life and takes place during the American Revolution, launched a whole genre of maritime fiction. It features a mysterious and almost superhuman American sea pilot (based on the American hero John Paul Jones) who fights battles off the coast of England against the British and American loyalists. (10.3 MiB, PDF, 454 pages)


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Rolling Home (shanty in MP3)

Rolling Home celebrates the joy of sailors as they sail back to their homeland. Recorded in 1939, this seamen's song was performed by Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur and Leighton McKenzie. It is part of the W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection, Library of Congress, USA. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 4:34 minutes)


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Johnny (a sea song in MP3)

This old song is about a sailor who comes back from sea in the hope of marrying the daughter of a tavern owner. He soon realises that she and the people around her are only after his money. Recorded in 1938, the song was performed by Ward H.Ford. It is part of the Library of Congress W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (1.9 MiB, MP3, 2:35 minutes)


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Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates (PDF)

Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates is a collection of eight classic pirate stories written by the American illustrator, painter and author, Howard Pyle (1853–1911). It has been enriched by Pyle's wonderful illustrations, making it a great read for art lovers as well as pirate fans and students of history. Merle Johnson, who compiled the stories, wrote in his Foreword: Pirates, Buccaneers, Marooners, those cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main, all live in present-day conceptions in great degree as drawn by the pen and pencil of Howard Pyle…It is improbable that anyone else will ever bring his combination of interest and talent to the depiction of these old-time Pirates, any more than there could be a second Remington to paint the now extinct Indians and gun-fighters of the Great West. (16.6 MiB, PDF, 335 pages)


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Santy Ano (a lively sea shanty in MP3)

Santy Ano (or Santy Anno) is a sea shanty whose origins date back to the mid-19th century. This version is full of zest and vigour. It is from the Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3.14 minutes)


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Two Years Before the Mast (an American classic for smartphones and tablets)

Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by American lawyer Richard Henry Dana Jr. of his two-year voyage from Boston to California as a common sailor on board a merchant ship. The term "before the mast" refers to the sailors' quarters located in the forecastle (the ship's bow). This book was first published in 1840 when Dana was still a law student at Harvard Universiy. In his Introduction, Prof. Homer Eaton Keyes explains why it is an American classic: We read it to-day not merely for its simple, unpretentious style; but for its clear picture of sea life previous to the era of steam navigation, and for its graphic description of conditions in California before visions of gold sent the long lines of "prairie schooners" drifting across the plains to unfold the hidden destiny of the West. (381.3 KiB, EPUB format)


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Pay Me My Money Down (shanty in MP3)

Pay Me My Money Down is said to have been composed by African-American dock workers and picked up by West Indian sailors and sung as a shanty. More about the song here: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-black-origins-of-song-pay-me-my.html This version, performed by Adriano Adewale and Tim Cansfield in acappella, is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance and Song Society. (2.2 MiB, MP3, 2:24 minutes)


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Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte (video clip)

Watch Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte perform Island in the Sun in this 1957 video clip. The song was the title track of the 1957 film 'Island in the Sun' in which Belafonte played one of the main characters. (14.5 MiB, MP4, 1:39 minutes)


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List of accredited Philippine maritime schools (as of July 2019)

This is the official Commission on Higher Education roster of Philippine colleges and universities authorised to offer the BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering programmes for academic year 2019-2020. It is inclusive of satellite campuses. The PDF file was created by Marine Café Blog. (1.5 MiB, PDF, 4 pages)


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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (for smartphones and tablets)

Ernest Hemingway's last major work of fiction, The Old Man and the Sea centres on an ageing fishermen who fights an epic battle with a giant marlin. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953 and continues to be loved by millions of readers. (103.3 KiB, EPUB format)


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Randy Dandy Oh by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

Randy Dandy Oh is a traditional shanty that will make you want to sing along because of its wonderful tempo. This version is by American musician Roger McGuinn and is part of his Folk Den project, It is licensed  under a  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 3.03 minutes long)


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Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) by Victor Hugo

Published in 1866, Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) is not as popular as Victor Hugo's Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables (1862). It is nonetheless a compelling sea adventure and love story, written by the most important of the French Romantic writers. The story revolves around Gilliat, a fisherman and outcast, who sets out to salvage the steam engine from a wrecked ship in order to win the hand of the owner's daughter. ( 22.6 MiB, PDF, 515 pages including cover)


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The Lusitania’s Last Voyage

The 31,550-tonne RMS Lusitania, an ocean liner owned by Cunard Line, was sunk by a German U-boat on 7th May 1915. This book is a first-hand account of her last fateful voyage by Charles E. Lauriat, Jr., one of the survivors. (4.9 MiB, PDF, 175 pages including cover)


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Classics Illustrated — Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo

Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) is a novel by Victor Hugo, the great French writer better known for his Les Miserables. Published in 1866, it tells the story of a social outcast from the island of Guernsey (where Hugo lived in exile) who sets out to salvage the steam engine from a wrecked ship in order to win the hand of the owner's daughter. This comic book version is a good example of how a literary masterpiece can be popularised through a medium that continues to be loved by millions. (2.3 MiB, PDF, 52 pages including cover)


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Drunken Sailor by Albert Octave (shanty in MP3)

An interesting version of the popular shanty Drunken Sailor — the way it is likely to be sung by inebriated sailors. Also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?, this song is published in this website under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International  licence. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 3:43 minutes)


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Strike the Bell (shanty in MP3)

The song's title refers to the striking of a ship's bell to mark each half-hour of a four-hour watch (eight bells in all). This charming Age of Sail shanty is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection (File size: 2.0 MiB, MP3, 2:14 mnutes)


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Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmate (traditional naval song, MP3)

Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate is a timeless song that was sung by British Royal Navy sailors during the Napoleonic era. This track is courtesy of the Folk Den Project by American musician Roger McGuinn and is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License . (7.3 MiB, MP3 format, 5:20 minutes)  


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Seafarer Mental Health Study

This is the final report (October 2019)  of a study on seafarers' mental health conducted by the ITF Seafarers' Trust and Yale University. Marine Café Blog is sharing the document as part of the growing body of literature on the subject. It is NOT endorsing the findings of the study or its methodology. (File size: 1.0 MiB, PDF, 31`pages)


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The Truth About the Titanic by Colonel Archibald Gracie

The Truth About the Titanic is considered one of the most accurate firsthand accounts of the tragedy. It was written by Colonel Archibald Gracie, a passenger on the RMS Titanic who was part of the heroic efforts to put other passengers onto the lifeboats. Published posthumously in 1913, the book sets the record straight on what really happened. Gracie describes, for instance, the moment immediately after the iceberg struck: It was now that the band began to play, and continued while the boats were being lowered.We considered this a wise provision tending to allay excitement. I did not recognize any of the tunes, but I know they were cheerful and were not hymns. If, as has been reported, ''Nearer My God to Thee'' was one of the selections, I assuredly should have noticed it and regarded it as a tactless warning of immediate death to us all and one likely to create a panic that our special efforts were directed towards avoiding... (File size: 13 MiB, PDF, 366 pages)


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The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility (a novella, for smartphones)

The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility by American author Morgan Robertson is said by some to have foretold the RMS Titanic disaster. The similarities between fiction and reality are eerie indeed. The ocean liner in Roberton's novella was named Titan. It also sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg in the same month of April. And to think that this book was published in 1898 — 14 years before the RMS Titanic met its doom. (File size: 119.6 KiB, EPUB format)


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SHIPS, SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES

First published in 1910, Ships, Sea Songs and Shanties is a real treasure trove. This 1913 edition contains some 80 songs compiled and annotated by an English master mariner, William Boultbee Whall (1847–1917). The illustrations by his niece, stainglass artist Veronica Whall (1887–1967), are in themselves a prize art collection. Anyone who wants to learn more about shanties and sea songs should have a copy of this book. (File size: 8.3 MiB, PDF, 143 pages)  


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The Story of Titanic

The Story of Titanic provides essential facts about the ship, its technical features, and the characteristics of icebergs like the one that sank the ocean liner. It explains, amongst other things, why not more lives were saved during the rescue. This illustrated reference material was published by The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as an activity guide for teachers and has some suggested science exercises for students to try out. However, the information is so well presented that this guide should interest all Titanic history buffs. (File size: 1.1 MiB ,PDF, 48 pages)  


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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (illustrated, PDF format)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem in seven parts by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) illustrated with 38 works by the great French printmaker, Gustave Doré (1832–1883). This jewel of English literature is a story of sin, suffering and redemption.The title character stops one of three young men on their way to a wedding party and mesmerises him with the tale of his youthful saga at sea — how he killed an albatross and brought bad luck to himself and his fellow sailors. (File size: 8.4 MiB, PDF, 54 pages) CLICK HERE for the EPUB version for smartphones and tablets.


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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (illustrated, EPUB format for smartphones and tablets)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem in seven parts by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) illustrated with 38 works by the great French printmaker, Gustave Doré (1832–1883). This jewel of English literature is a story of sin, suffering and redemption.The title character stops one of three young men on their way to a wedding party and mesmerises him with the tale of his youthful saga at sea — how he killed an albatross and brought bad luck to himself and his fellow sailors. (File size: 5.0 MiB, EPUB)


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19th Century Maritime Art: Our History in Paintings

Feast your eyes on some gorgeous paintings of sailing vessels that helped shape American history particularly in the New York-New Jersey region. This 36-page pamphlet was issued by the Monmouth University Center for the Arts in conjunction with the October 2011 exhibition, 19th Century Maritime Art: Our History in Paintings, held at the Pollak Gallery. (File size: 5.2 MiB, PDF, 36 pages)


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Introduction to Sail and Rigging Types by Martin Hendry (illustrated)

Introduction to Sail and Rigging Types is a 28-page iillustrated guide to the world of sailing vessels courtesy of National Historic Ships UK. It provides a brief description for each sail and rig type and some colour photos. This is a useful reference for sailing enthusiasts and those who love marine art and photography but don't know the difference between a sloop and a catboat. (File size: 2.2 MiB, PDF, 28 pages) See also Principal Parts and Sails of 19th-Century Sailing Ships.


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The First Voyage Round the World, by Magellan

This is a must-read for all maritime history aficionados. The First Voyage Round the World, by Magellan is about the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's westward voyage from Spain in 1519 round South America to the East Indies. Although Magellan was killed in Cebu, the Philippines, one of his ships sailed back to Spain to complete the first circumnavigation of the Earth. This book was translated by Lord Stanley of Alderley from the accounts of the Italian chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, and other contemporary writers. (File size: 13.6 MiB, PDF, 361 pages)    


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Haul Away Joe (shanty, MP3)

Haul Away Joe was sung by sailors when they pulled on ropes to raise or lower the ship's sails. This sprightly sailors' work song is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection (File size: 1.0  MiB, MP3, 1:46 mnutes)


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Homeward Bound / Goodbye Fare Thee Well (shanty in MP3)

Homeward Bound, also known as Goodbye Fare Thee Well, is a capstan shanty performed by sailors when lifting anchor at a foreign port to begin their homeward voyage. Other versions of the song may have slightly different lyrics depending on the locale, but the tune has not changed over time. This musical file is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection. (File size: 1.2  MiB, MP3, 2:12 minutes)


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Spanish Ladies (an old British naval song, MP3)

Yet another version of Spanish Ladies, a traditional British naval song that dates back to the late 1700s. This one is from Roger McGuinn's "The Folk Den Project". (File size: 3.6 MiB, MP3, 3:09 minutes) This song is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (restored, MP3)

Banana Boat (Day-o) by American singer Harry Belafonte is a traditional Jamaican song about dock workers loading bananas onto ships at night. Daylight comes, and they look forward to the arrival of the Tallyman, who will take inventory, so they could go home. This is a digitised version of the original single recorded in 1955 by Belafonte with Tony Scott's Orchestra and Chorus. (File size: 2.6 MiB, MP3 format, 3:01 minutes) CLICK HERE for the iPhone version


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Leave her, Johnny by Roger McGuinn (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this popular shanty (sailors' work song) which was sung by sailors at the end of their voyage and the ship was at dock. This version is performed by Roger McGuinn, best known as the frontman of the American rock band, The Byrds, with accompaniment by John Sebastian. (File size: 4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:41 duration)  This song is published on this website under a  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. See also 'Leave Her, Johnny' by Hazel Askew.


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Sea-Fairies and Other Poems by Alfred Tennyson (illustrated)

Five quarter-centuries after his death, the poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (English, 6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) continue to delight readers around the world. Sea-Fairies and Other Poems was published in 1890 and contains six of his beautiful, albeit lesser known, poems. Characteristic of the lilting quality of Tennyson's poetic language are these closing lines from 'The Sea-Fairies': O, listen, listen, your eyes shall glisten/ When the sharp clear twang of the golden chords/ Runs up the ridged sea./ Who can light on as happy a shore/ All the world o’er, all the world o’er?/  Whither away? listen and stay; mariner, mariner, fly no more.   (File size: 5.5. MiB, PDF, 48 pages)    


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Whiskey Johnny (sea shanty, MP3)

This amusing, down-to-earth shanty was recorded in 1939. It is from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, in Washington, DC. The performers were Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (File size: 1.7 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes) DISCLAIMER: Marine Café Blog is not promoting the drinking of alcoholic beverages. It is sharing this sea song as part of the world's maritime heritage.


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Great Open Sea (sea shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this rousing song performed by New Zealand's Wellington Sea Shanty Society. The W.S.S.S. is composed of a two-man tempest of pure shanty, Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin and Lake Davineer. They have been belting out traditional sea songs since 2012 to the delight of sailors and landlubbers. (File size: 6.2 MiB, MP3 format, 2:55 minutes)   NOTE: This musical file is published on this website under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US licence    


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Drunken Sailor (a popular sea shanty, MP3)

Listen to one of the most popular shanties (sailors' work songs). This version of Drunken Sailor also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?is by The Irish Rovers, a group of Irish musicians formed in 1963 and renamed The Rovers in the 1980s. (File size: 3.7 MiB, MP3 format) See also The Drunken Sailor by Leonard Warren with orchestra and chorus  


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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (for smartphones and tablets)

This masterpiece by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint. The book is "both for and of all ages," says Stefan Beck in a review published in The Wall Street Journal. He writes: Stevenson's prose is a pleasure not only for its precision and grace but also for its ability to capture the ugly or uncanny. His descriptions of people—Black Dog, a "pale, tallowy figure wanting two fingers"; the Sasquatch-like maroon Ben Gunn; and of course Silver, "hopping about upon [his crutch] like a bird" and grinning from a "face as big as a ham"—bring them forth from the page before any has spoken a word. (File size: 985.8 KiB, EPUB format)  


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Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

The works of Winslow Homer (1836–1910), not least his seascapes, are amongst the most powerful and expressive of late 19th-century American art. Their appeal stems in part from their being location-bound. This article from Antiques and Fine Art Magazine takes a look at the various places which Homer visited and the paintings they inspired. (File size: 1.7 MiB, PDF, eight pages)


 1 file(s)  14 downloadsCategory: Marine ArtDownload

Seafarers’ Statistics in the EU: Statistical review (2017 data STCW-IS)

Published by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on 6th August 2019, this report contains essential information on seafarers from EU- and non-EU countries whose Certificates of Competency (COCs) had been recognised as of 2017. A must-have reference for manning agencies, particularly those that supply crews to EU-flag vessels. (File size: 1.7 MiB, PDF, 59 pages)


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Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) by Herman Melville (for smartphones and tablets)

Herman Melville's final novel, Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative), is essential reading for literary buffs and even admiralty law students. First published posthumously in 1924, the unfinished work tells the story of Billy Budd, a young and handsome seaman who is conscripted into service aboard the HMS Bellipotent in 1797. Budd is popular amongst the crew except for the ship's evil and jealous master-at-arms, John Claggart. The latter falsely accuses him of conspiracy to mutiny. Budd kills Claggart during a meeting between the two men called by the captain, which leads to Budd's court-martial and subsequent execution. (File size: 154.1 KiB, EPUB format)  


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HOKUSAI

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was one of the greatest artists produced by Japan, known worldwide for his iconic woodblock print The Great Wave. Learn more about the life and work of the artistic giant in this Summer 1985 issue of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. A sizeable collection of  Hokusai's prints is featured. (File size: 7.5 MiB, PDF, 51 pages)


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The duty to rescue at sea, in peacetime and in war: A general overview

The duty to rescue persons in distress at sea is enshrined in international law but it is not always clear-cut. This article from the International Review of the Red Cross journal is especially relevant in light of the controversial sea rescues being conducted by charity groups in the Mediterranean. It was written by Irini Papanicolopulu, Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca. (File size: 1.1 MiB, PDF, 24 pages)


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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019: The Yearbook

See the 129 winning images from the 2019 international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. Since 2015, the British-sponsored UPY competition has been attracting thousands of photographers from around the world who vie for prizes in different categories. This stunning publication, which also features back-stories and the judges' comments, is a welcome addition to any photographer's or sea lover's library. (File size 20.6 MiB, PDF, 173 pages)


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Blood and Water: Human rights abuse in the global seafood industry

Human rights abuse is rife in the fishing industry. This 2019 report from the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation details cases of slavery, debt bondage, insufficient food and water, filthy living conditions, physical and sexual assault and even murder aboard fishing vessels from 13 countries operating across three oceans. (File size: 3.4 MiB, PDF, 44 pages_


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National Geographic’s Guide to Photography: Travel Basics

This 15-page guide was put together by the photographers of National Geographic, which is known for its excellent photography. It provides useful information for the traveller who loves taking pictures or the amateur photographer who just wants to improve his skills. (File size: 4 MiB, PDF, 15 pages)


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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (last chapter, audio)

Listen to a wonderful reading of Chapter 135 (The Chase — Third Day) of Herman Melville's masterpiece. This last chapter describes Captain Ahab's final encounter with Moby-Dick which would seal the fate of the whaling ship Pequod and its crew. Read by James Naughtie and introduced by Peter Donaldson, the audio file is courtesy of The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, in the UK. (File size: 25.9 MiB, MP3)    


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Youth by Joseph Conrad (for smartphones and tablets)

Enjoy this autobiographical short story by the great Polish-born British writer and former ship captain, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)). Written in 1898, Youth begins with five veterans of the merchant navy drinking red wine around a table. Marlow, one of the men, then narrates his first voyage to the East as second mate on board the Judea 22 years earlier, when he was aged 20. The story is punctuated with some moving descriptions of the sea, as in this excerpt: The sea was white like a sheet of foam, like a caldron of boiling milk; there was not a break in the clouds, no — not the size of a man’s hand — no, not for so much as ten seconds... (File size: 74.5 KiB, EPUB) — NOTE: Transfer the downloaded file to your device. You need to have an e-book reader app if you are using a smartphone or tablet, You can also read the EPUB file  on a desktop computer using a book reader such as FBReader.


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The Mental Health of Seafarers

This 12-page paper written by Robert T.B. Iversen of the Rotary Club of Melbourne is a worthwhile read. It not only puts a handle on the extent of the problem relating to seafarer suicides resulting from depression, but it also discusses the causes of poor mental health amongst seafarers. (File size: 191.1 KiB, PDF, 12 pages)


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The American Society of Marine Artists – ASMA News and Journal, Fall 2018

Marine art lovers will enjoy reading this Fall 2018 edition of the quarterly ASMA journal. It features the art and career of Mark Daly, a self-taught artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, and MBA graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia. Gracing the cover of this issue is a detail of Daly's Golden Sails. (File size: 2.1 MiB, PDF, 32 pages)


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Sea Shanties (MP3 format)

Sea shanties or traditional sailors' work songs are part  of the world's maritime heritage. The five a cappella shanties contained in this file are from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. They are published in Marine Café Blog for your private, non-commercial use. (7.0 MiB, zipped file containing five songs in MP3 format)


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Study of Shells: conchology and shell collecting

This 8-page brochure contains a wealth of information for shell collectors and others who just love shells. Amongst other things, it provides tips on protecting your shell collection. Enioy the wonderful photography, layout and design by Canadian graphics designer Jennifer Harder of The Ink Rag.  (File size: 4.1 MiB, PDF,  eight pages)


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Sinking of the Titanic by Thomas H. Russell

This is a gem of a book. Published in 1912 shortly after the RMS Titanic sank, it is a riveting account of what really happened. The horror the survivors went through is described in chilling detail, as in this excerpt from the book: The women in the lifeboats saw their loved ones plunge to death. The survivors' boats were bobbing along in the waves all within a radius of half a mile of the great Titanic, when, with a roar and burst of spray, it settled and passed out of sight for the last time. (File size: 26.8 MiB, PDF, 353 pages)


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International Hazards Datasheet (for ship engineer/machinist)

This five-page International Hazards Datasheet lists the hazards ship engineers may be exposed to in the course of their normal work — from cuts and injuries caused by sharp instruments to electric shocks and exposure to noise and heat. It also suggests preventive measures for dealing with such hazards. (File size: 61.3 KiB, PDF, five pages)


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International Hazards Datasheet (for seaman/seawoman)

This five-page guide could be a life-saver for seafarers working on deck. Co-produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), it lists, in a standard format, different hazards to which deckhands may be exposed in the course of their day-to-day work. It also spells out preventive measures for dealing with such hazards. (File size: 60.4 KiB, PDF, five pages)  


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Civil Sea Rescue: Annual Report 2017-2018 (Sea-Watch)

This 13-page report is an interesting and informative read whatever your opinion may be on the Mediterranean migrant crisis. It takes a close look at the workings of Sea-Watch, the controversial sea rescue group — how it operates, what drives its members, and where it gets the money to fund its mission. (File size: 3.5 MiB, PDF, 13 pages)


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An Eye for Art: Winslow Homer

Get a fresh perspective on the art of Winslow Homer (1836–1910), the American landscape painter best known for his marine subjects. This four-page monograph is part of the An Eye for Art series of the Washington DC-based National Gallery of Art. It says of Homer's masterful use of watercolour: With quick brushstrokes, he captured crashing waves, moving animals, and the visual effects of changing light. To suggest sunlight, Homer left areas of the white paper untouched. Using this technique, the whiteness of the paper — and not the paint — creates glints of brilliant light. (File size: 11.2 MiB, PDF, four pages)


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Universal Declaration of Human Rights (illustrated)

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains the basic framework for any discussion of human rights, including the rights of seafarers. This edition of the most translated document in the world is wonderfully illustrated by Yacine Aït Kaci (YAK), an Algerian-born French digital media artist. (File size: 1.1 MiB, PDF, 72 pages)


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ILO Maritime Labour Convention (for smartphones and tablets)

Every merchant sailor should have a copy of ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 — known as the seafarers' bill of rights. Have ready access to the full text of MLC2006 on your smartphone, tablet or e-book reader. NOTE: Transfer the downloaded file to your device. You need to have an e-book reader app if you are using a smartphone or tablet. (File size: 99.7 KiB, EPUB)


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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (for smartphones and tablets)

Carry one of the greatest literary classics in your pocket. Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is not just an adventure novel about a mad ship captain and his vengeful quest for the White Whale. It is filled with philosophical musings on life and the human condition. This EPUB edition is perfect for reading on your smartphone, tablet or e-book reader such as Kindle. NOTE: You need to have an e-book reader app installed on your smartphone or tablet. (File size: 537.5 KiB , EPUB)


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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

First published in 1851, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville arguably marks the beginning of modern American literature. It is not just an adventure novel about Captain Ahab and his vengeful quest for the White Whale. As Robert McCrum noted in a book review for The Guardian newspaper: Moby-Dick is...the great American novel whose genius was only recognised long after its author was dead. From its celebrated opening line ("Call me Ishmael") it plunges the reader into the narrator's quest for meaning "in the damp, drizzly November of my soul". (File size: 3.2 MiB, PDF, 861 pages)


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Cullercoats Art Trail: A journey back in time around Cullercoats through the eyes of famous artists

The fishing village of Cullercoats in North East England was an artists' colony that attracted such famous artists as the American painter and printmaker, Winslow Homer. This small travel brochure from the North Tyneside Council throws light on what lured these artists to the place. It features several artworks, including four iconic watercolour drawings by Homer. (File size: 1 MiB, PDF, five pages)


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An Eye for Art: Joseph Mallord William Turner

This four-page monograph spotlights the life and art of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), a British Romantic painter known for his turbulent seascapes. It is part of the National Gallery of Art's family-oriented 'An Eye for Art' series on great artists and their work. (File size: 6.8 MiB, PDF)


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The Art of Clouds

Any sailor worth his salt should be able to tell the difference between the various types of clouds. This unique learning aid from the UCAR Center for Science Education (UCAR SciEd) in Coloroda, USA, uses paintings by famous artists to promote a better understanding of the subject. Included are sea-themed paintings by Claude Monet, John Constable, Eugene Bordin, J.M.W. Turner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Isaac Levitan and Winslow Homer. (File size: 21.1 MiB, PDF, 46 pages)


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Sea Grist: A Personal Narrative of Five Months in the Merchant Marine

This non-fiction book is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a seafarer. Published in 1922, it should appeal to all modern-day readers who love sea literature. Says author Lehmann Hisey in his Preface: "My purpose in relating this experience in the Merchant Marine is to show the fellow who craves sea life and adventure that these things are not all he may think them to be. My service extended over a period of five months and this little tale gives the actual daily life and work, neither softened nor exaggerated, but told exactly as it occurred. I have endeavored to show not only the routine, discipline and associates, but the effect of these on one's character and ideals." (File size: 53.9 MiB, PDF, 269 pages in sequence)


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Sea Garden (collection of poems by H.D.)

Sea Garden was the first book of H.D., the pen name of American poet Hilda Doolittle (1886 – 1961). Published in 1916, it remains a literary gem. Many of the 28 poems in this slim volume make use of sea-related imagery to powerfully express the poet's angst and her thoughts about love and life. (File size: 1.5 MiB, PDF, 55 pages)


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Marine Art in Australia

This 2014 newsletter opens a window to the world of Australian marine art. It is one of only two issues (the other one is from 2012) made available in digital format by the Australian Society of Marine Artists. Many of the articles were written by the artists themselves and feature their artworks. (File size: 5.3 MiB, PDF)


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Shell Classification Using Family Plates

Marvel at 20 beautiful photographs of shells in this monograph published by Australia's Queensland Museum Network. The plates show common Queensland shells from 38 different families. Each one is accompanied by a brief description of the shell's distinctive characteristics and habitat. (File size: 2.9 MiB, PDF)  


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Ivan Konstantin Aivazovsky (an essay)

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817–1900) was a Russian-Armenian painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. This short article is excerpted from Views of Russia & Russian Works on Paper, a book written by Roy Bolton and published by Sphinx Fine Art. It offers some interesting insights into Aivazovsky's style and his career as an artist. Two of Aivazovsky's stunning works, A Strong Wind (1874) and Shipwreck (1856), are highlighted in the essay. (File size: 369.6 KiB, PDF)  NOTE: This file is courtesy of Sphinx Fine Art and is for your own private use only.


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The Nikon Guide to Landscape Photography

This must be one of the best guides to landscape (and seascape) photography for both amateurs and professionals. Its 164 pages are filled wiith amazing photographs and expert advice that goes beyond the bare basics  The section on composition, for example, provides some useful tips on how to add depth to an image with the use of lead-in lines and the in-camera technique of creating layers. (File size: 18.8 MiB, PDF)  


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Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

This 9-page exhibition brochure was published by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in conjunction with its Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age exhibit held from1st July to 25th November, 2018. It contains a short essay that explores the multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with water during their Golden Age. The sample artworks are a delight to look at and give some idea of the Dutch genius for marine art. (File size: 1 MiB, PDF)


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The American Society of Marine Artists – ASMA News and Journal, Spring 2019

Have a look at some excellent paintings in this edition of the quarterly journal of The American Society of Marine Artists. The three main articles make for interesting reading as well. Writes Russ Kramer in Making Waves: Studying Contemporary Masters of Sea Painting: "I believe it is imperative that an artist who embarks on the journey of painting water convincingly must observe firsthand, over time, its properties and dynamics. You must stand purposefully on a beach at different times of the year, be on watch overnight far out to sea, or be willing to spend hours studying its responses to opposing forces in a busy harbor..."  (File size: 4.35 MiB, PDF)


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Photographic Exploration of Sea Glass

This short article by Josephine Hyman provides a glimpse of the wonderful world of sea glass. "The term mermaid tears comes from many years ago," Ms. Wyman writes. "It was said that every time there was a shipwreck and sailors would drown, the mermaids would cry and their glass tears were later found on the beaches." With some beautiful photographs, she explains what sea glass is and how it can be differentiated from ordinary pieces of glass. (File size: 4 MiB, PDF)


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