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2022-12-08

Salt Water Blues by Buster Ezell

'Salt Water Blues' was recorded in 1941 by the US Library of Congress. Performing is Buster "Buzz" Ezell, a blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. The song is a good example of blues, the secular folk music which originated in the South in the early 20th century among African Americans. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised recording. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 1:59 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-12-04

Remember Pearl Harbor (remastered)

'Remember Pearl Harbor' is a march song recorded on 17 December 1941—just 10 days after the Japanese attack. It was composed by American bandleader Sammy Kaye (1910–1987) with lyrics by Don Reid. The recording features Kaye's Swing and Sway Band and The Glee Club, remastered by Marine Café Blog for the best playback quality. (4.5 MiB, MP3, 2:28 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-11-28

Viking Song (remastered)

'Viking Song' features the vocals of American baritone Emilio de Gogorza (1872–1949). The song was composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer and conductor. CLICK HERE for the lyrics. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of Gogorza's 1918 Victrola recording. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 2:32 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-11-20

Skye Boat Song (traditional Scottish song)

The song is about Scotland's Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and his flight to the Isle of Skye following his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. (Click here for more about the song and the lyrics.). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1952 recording featuring the vocals of Nicky Kidd with orchestra. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 3:29 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-11-11

Anchors Aweigh by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

This powerful, awe-inspiring version of 'Anchors Aweigh' features the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The recording is from the group's 2002 album 'Majesty of America'. It was provided by the Internet Archive and remastered by Marine Café Blog for best playback quality. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 2:16 minutes)


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2022-11-08

Sewol Ferry Love by John Lopker

'American singer-songwriter John Lopker wrote and recorded this song in remembrance of South Korea's 2014 Sewol ferry disaster that killed 304 persons, mostly high school students. Mr. Lopker has made the song available via the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:35 minutes)


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2022-11-06

Don’t Give Up the Ship (remastered)

'Don't Give Up the Ship' is a naval song, but it has a universal message: Stand together and keep trying till you succeed. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1935 recording by American singer-actor Dick Powell with Victor Young and his Orchestra. (2 MiB, MP3, 2:25 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-11-05

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the beautiful, blue Danube)

This is an excellent version of the immortal Blue Danube waltz composed by Johann Strauss, Jr. The circa-1972 recording features the United States Marine Band under the baton of Albert F. Schoepper (1913–1997). (12.1 MiB, MP3, (9:09 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-29

Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay (for iPhones)

Recorded in 1913, this historic song about Chesapeake Bay features the Premier Quartet (aka American Quartet). Marine Café Blog remastered and converted to iPhone audio format the recording provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. (3.1 MiB, m4a, 3:20 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-23

A Frozen Crew (a tale of horror at sea)

In 1775, the captain of a Greenland whaler and his crew come upon a ship that had been missing for 13 years and are shocked to find what's on board. 'A Frozen Crew' by an anonymous writer is from 'Wonderful Deeds and Adventures', an illustrated book published in 1893 by Cassell Publishing Company, New York. (391 KiB, PDF, 6 pages) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-19

The Mississippi Dippy Dip (MP3 version)

Ragtime music and Mississippi history are rolled into one in 'The Mississippi Dippy Dip'. This song was recorded in 1911 and features the vocals of Arthur Collins (baritone) and Byron Harlan (tenor). The digitised recording is from the U.S. Library of Congress, with some remastering by Marine Café Blog. (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:45 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-15

Ol’ Man River by Frank Sinatra (remastered)

Ole 'Blue Eyes performs Ol' Man River, an iconic song from the 1927 American musical Show Boat. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of Frank Sinatra's 1945 recording published on the Internet Archive. (5.9 MiB, MP3, 4 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-14

Jamaica Farewell by Harry Belafonte (remastered)

Listen and be captivated by Harry Belafonte's 1956 performance of 'Jamaica Farewell'. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the audio recording published on the Internet Archive. (2.9 MiB, MP3, 3:27 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-12

The Voyage of Columbus (poem)

'The Voyage of Columbus' is a narrative poem written in 1810 by the English poet Samuel Rogers (1763–1855). This file was extracted by Marine Café Blog from the 1939 edition of Rogers' 'Poems' as digitised by Google. (948 KiB, PDF, 11 pages) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-10-05

Mississippi Sawyer (traditional fiddle tune)

'Mississippi Sawyer' is an old American fiddle tune with an interesting title. The Library of Congress explains: "The title refers to a frightening phenomenon during floods on the Mississippi. Great trees would be wrenched from the bank by flood waters and would be dragged underwater in the raging torrent, only to impale themselves in the bottom and rise like monsters from the deep to threaten the paths of boats struggling to navigate the flood. This was the dread Mississippi sawyer." This 1967 recording is from the Library of Congress and was remastered by Marine Café Blog. it features American fiddler James Reed (1884–1968). (492 KiB, MP3, 1:27 minutes)


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2022-09-22

The Wellerman by Alexander Nakarada (full version for iPhones)

This is the best instrumental version of 'The Wellerman', converted by Marine Café Blog for the enjoyment of iPhone users. The recording is by Alexander Nakarada, a gifted musician from Norway. It is distributed on this website under Nakarada's original Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. (1.8 MiB, m4a, 1:56 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-09-21

Brave Pirates by fri.events Orchestra

This short orchestral piece evokes images of pirates scouring the seas on majestic sailing ships in search of adventure and treasures to plunder. It should appeal to adults and children alike. The recording was provided by the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States licence . Some remastering was done by Marine Café Blog. (3 MiB, MP3, 1:53 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-17

Sailor’s Hornpipe by the London Dance Orchestra

The swing band London Dance Orchestra performs a wonderful version of 'Sailor's Hornpipe', a traditional folk melody. The recording is from 1924 and was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (2 MiB, MP3, 1:33 minutes) See also 'Sailor's Hornpipe' by Charles D'Almaine .


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2022-09-14

Sailor’s Hornpipe by Charles D’Almaine (for iPhones)

Marine Café Blog has converted this traditional folk melody especially for iPhone users. The 1913 recording features the violin music of Charles D'Almaine (1871–1943) and was kindly provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. (3.9 MiB, m4a, 4:11 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-09-12

Santa Lucia (Neopolitan boat song)

This traditional Neopolitan song was arranged by Italian composer Teodoro Cottrau (1827–1879). It was recorded in 1917 with Fernando Guaneri singing it in Neopolitan [CLICK HERE for the Neopolitan and English lyrics]. Marine Café Blog remastered the audio that was kindly provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. (3.6 MiB, MP3, 3:11 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-11

Rio Grande and Billy Boy (back to back shanties)

British baritone singer John Goss (1891–1953) recorded these two sea shanties in 1929 together with the Cathedral Male Voice Quartet. The digitised recording from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.1 MiB, MP3) 2:40 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-09-09

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (ringtone for Android phones)

This ringtone featuring the popular children's song should appeal to adults who love boats. It is a cut from a 1954 recording by The Elliot Brothers Orchestra. (399.8 KiB KiB, MP3, 18 seconds) Click here for the iPhone version. Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-09

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (ringtone for iPhone)

This ringtone featuring the popular children's song should appeal to adults who love boats. It is a cut from a 1954 recording by The Elliot Brothers Orchestra. (316.9 KiB KiB, MP3, 18 seconds) Click here for the Android phone version. Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-12

Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay (vintage song)

This charming song will take you back to the good old days of Chesapeake Bay passenger shipping. It was recorded in 1913 by the Premier Quartet (aka American Quartet). The digitised recording comes from the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. ((3.1 MiB, MP3, 3:21 minutes) Click here for the song lyrics.


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2022-09-14

Sailor’s Hornpipe by Charles D’Almaine (instrumental music)

'Sailor's Hornpipe' is a folk melody that served in earlier centuries as music for sailors dancing aboard their ships (click here to learn more about its origins). This 1913 recording features American violinist Charles D'Almaine (1871–1943). It is courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 4:12 minutes) Get the iPhone version here. Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-05

We Parted on the Shore by Sir Harry Lauder (song in MP3)

Parting is a sad moment for a sailor and his sweetheart, but 'We Parted on the Shore' is humorous and entertaining. This song from 1908 features the vocals of Scottish singer and comedian Sir Harry Lauder (1870–1950). The digitised recording is courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:18 minutes)


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2022-09-05

Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte: ringtone-2 (for Android phones)

This ringtone is the intro segment of Belafonte's classic song as remastered by Marine Café Blog. (581 KiB, MP3, 24 seconds). See also Belafonte's Banana Boat: ringtone-1. Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-04

When the Bell in the Lighthouse Rings (love song, MP3)

A sailor who misses his bonnie Kate derives inspiration from a lighthouse: "When the bell in the lighthouse rings ding dong/ When it clangs its warning loud and long/ Then a sailor will think of his sweetheart so true/ And long for the day he'll come back to you." This 1910 recording features the impressive baritone voice of Frank C. Stanley (1868 – 1910). It is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the audio from the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. ( 6 MiB, MP3, 4:12 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-03

Drunken Sailor (piano version) ringtone

This ringtone for Android phones features the piano version of the popular sea shanty 'Drunken Sailor'. (463.7 KiB, MP3, 21 seconds).


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2022-08-31

Le cygne (The swan) (classical music)

The great Spanish cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973) plays 'Le cygne' (The swan) in this 1926 recording. He is accompanied at the piano by Russian-born Nicolai Mednikoff. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of an audio file from the Internet Archive. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 2:45 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation. Your support will  help us add more files to the Downloads section.  Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-30

Seaquest by Black Bones (pirate song)

'Seaquest' is a mind-blowing pirate song by the Italian rock band Black Bones. It is part of the group's album 'Pirates of the Coast' released in 2009. This track is from the Free Music Archive and is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License...  (7.1 MiB, MP3, 4:17 minutes)


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2022-08-28

Smooth Sailing by Ella Fitzgerald (ringtone for Android phone)

Jazz up your Android phone with this cool and classy ringtone featuring the vocals of American jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996). It is a cut from her 1951 recording and was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (630 KiB, MP3, 29 seconds) CLICK HERE to get the iPhone version of this ringtone.


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2022-08-28

Smooth Sailing by Ella Fitzgerald (ringtone for iPhone)

This cool and classy ringtone features the vocals of American jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996). It is a cut from her 1951 recording and was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (518.8 KiB, m4a, 30 seconds) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-26

Pirate Song (ringtone for Android phones)

This is a ringtone true-blooded pirate fans will love. It is a cut from 'Pirate Song', a 1925 recording featuring the vocals of American baritone singer Reinald Werrenrath with lyrics adopted from Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, 'Treasure Island'. (561 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds)


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2022-08-22

Over the Summer Sea (song in MP3)

'Over the Summer Sea' is an adaptation of the song 'La donna è mobile' (Woman is fickle) from Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Rigoletto'. It features the vocals of Raymond Dixon, pseudonym of American operatic tenor Harry Lambert Murphy (1885–1954). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1914 Victor recording. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 1:33 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-16

Lowlands Away by Emmie Ward (traditional ballad)

'Lowlands Away' is about a sailor who dreams about his love who has passed away. The song has varying lyrics, some versions suggesting that the loved one died in a shipwreck. Read more here.This recording is courtesy of the English Folk Song & Dance Society and and features the beautiful vocals of British folk musician Emmie Ward. (2.8 MiB, MP3, 3:05 minutes)


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2022-08-13

The Harbor of Love (old-time song in MP3)

'The Harbor of Love' was recorded in 1911 under the Victor label by American tenor Walter J. Van Brunt (1892–1971). The song uses the harbor and the sea as metaphors for love. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised recording from the Library of Congress. (5 MiB, MP3, 3:19 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-13

Captain Blood (ringtone for iPhones)

iPhone owners deserve more than a run-of-the-mill ringtone. This one is special indeed. It is a cut from the intro to 'Captain Blood' by The Black Bones musical band. The audio file is distributed by Marine Café Blog under the band's original licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States .. (450.1 KiB, M4A, 26 seconds)


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2022-08-12

Beautiful Bristol Bay by John Lopker (song in MP3)

This original song by American singer-songwriter John Lopker is a tribute to Alaska's Bristol Bay. It is also a protest song against the controversial plan to build the Pebble Mine. Lopker shared the song via the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence. (4.7 MiB, MP3, MP3, 2:38 minutes) A note from Lopker about 'Beautiful Bristol Bay': "Bristol Bay is the lifeblood of Alaska. Home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run, the bay provides tens of thousands of Alaskan jobs and feeds Americans from coast to coast. Its pristine waters have sustained the Indigenous peoples of the region for millennia, and each year tens of thousands of anglers and visitors from around the world are drawn to its extraordinary beauty and abundance. The foreign-owned Pebble Mine would poison Bristol Bay, weaken Alaska’s economy, and threaten our way of life."


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2022-08-09

Captain Blood (ringtone for Android phones)

This thrilling ringtone is a cut from the intro to 'Captain Blood' by The Black Bones musical band. The audio file is distributed by Marine Café Blog under the band's original licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States .. (736.2 KiB, MP3, 25 seconds) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-07

A Mariner’s Sketches by Nathaniel Ames

Published in 1830, this book is a personal account of life at sea and the early 19th-century maritime world by Nathaniel Ames (1796–1835), an American author of several books. Ames started his 12-year sea career at the age of 19 as a bluejacket (an enlisted man in the navy). This digital copy is courtesy of the University of California, San Diego. (8 MiB, PDF, 324 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-04

The Blue Danube (classic ringtone for iPhones)

This ringtone is a cut from Johann Strauss, Jr.'s famous waltz composition 'The Blue Danube' recorded by Bob Stanley and Orchestra in 1944. It is in a musical format that can be played by iPhones. (154.9 KiB KiB, m4a, 17 seconds) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-08-03

Barco Negro by Amália Rodrigues (Portuguese love song)

'Barco Negro' is a moving song about a woman whose love for a sailor is so strong that she refuses to believe it when told that he will not return from sea. The 1954 recording features the vocals of the famous Portuguese singer, Amália Rodrigues (1920–1999). The audio file from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog. Click here for the lyrics in Portuguese with an English translation. (5.7 MiB, MP3, 3:29 minutes)


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2022-08-04

Nautical Terms, Motor Boats, Marine Gasoline Engines,… (reference book)

This illustrated volume offers a wealth of information: Nautical Terms, Motor Boats, Marine Gasoline Engines, Management of Marine Gasoline Engines, Motor Boat Navigation, and Motor Boat Rules and Signals. It was published in 1914 by Scranton, Pennsylvania-based International Textbook Co. for the International Correspondence Schools. The printed volume is from the University of Wisconsin and was digitised by Google. To reduce the file size, Marine Café Blog has removed the index, covers and blank pages. (24.4 MiB, PDF, 583 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-07-30

Antonello, the Gondolier (short story)

'Antonello, the Gondolier' is about a gondolier in old Venice who tells a fantastical tale that will surely entertain the reader. Originally written in German by Franz von Gaudy, a 19th-century German poet and novelist, it was published in the long-defunct British monthly, The Strand Magazine (July-December 1892 issue). The illustrations were done by English illustrator Paul Hardy (1862-1942). (14.9 MiB, PDF, 9 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-25

Pilotage in Liverpool during the Second World War (article)

This short article casts light on the especially challenging work of Liverpool pilots during Word War II. It was written by R.F. Youde (1936 -1975), a licensed Liverpool pilot. The piece was taken from the July 2004 issue of The Pilot, official organ of the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’Association. (434 KiB, PDF, single page) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-20

Pilotage Issues (article)

This short article from the Standard Club highlights some pilotage issues faced by both pilots and ship masters and officers. It includes lessons learned from two case studies and notes on navigating in South American/African rivers, anchoring in congested anchorages, and fish farms. (1.1 MiB, PDF, 2 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-19

Sailing to Byzantium by W. B. Yeats (oral reading in MP3)

In 'Sailing to Byzantium', the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) uses a journey by sea to Byzantium (Constantinople) as a metaphor for his spiritual quest. Yeats gives poignant expression to his thoughts about ageing, youth, immortality, and art. The poem was read by Greg Bathon for Librivox. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:16 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-23

A Visit to the Eddystone Lighthouse by F. G. Kitton (a rare magazine article)

In this vintage magazine article, a journalist pays a visit to England's famous Eddystone Lighthouse and talks about the history and romance surrounding it. Written by F. G. Kitton, the piece is taken from the July-December 1892 edition of the illustrated British monthly, The Strand Magazine. (26.9 MiB, PDF, 12 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-09

The Sea by Anton Khoryukov (contemporary classical piano music)

'The Sea' is an evocative piano piece. It was composed and played by Anton Khoryukov, who was born in Russia in 1979 but has lived in Germany since 2000. The recording was made available by the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence . (4.7 MiB, MP3, 2:03 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-01

Planning and Execution of Blind Pilotage and Anchorage

This is a concise guide for pilots on navigating a ship through restricted waters with low visibility. It was prepared by Sivriu Georgiana and Georgescu Stefan of the Constanta Maritime University of Romania. The PDF file is from the CMU website (https://cmu-edu.eu/) and is for educational and non-commercial use. (435.9 KiB, PDF, 6 pages) See also 'Execution of Maritime Pilotage' Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-06-25

The Drunken Sailor by Captain Richard Maitland

This version of 'The Drunken Sailor' was recorded in the 1930s by Captain Richard Maitland. It begins with an interesting intro by Maitland, who says the shanty was usually sung by sailors to accompany the task of scrubbing the bottom of the ship's hull. The recording is from the U.S. Library of Congress album, American Sea Songs and Shanties (I), with some remastering by Marine Café Blog. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 2:54) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-01

Execution of Maritime Pilotage

This short paper provides essential information for pilots on the limits within which the ship may be navigated in safety. It was co-authored by Georgescu Stefan, Sivriu Georgiana and Acomi Nicoleta of the prestigious Constanta Maritime University of Romania. Their concisely written article was published in Constanta Maritime University Annals (Year XI, Vol.14). The PDF file is from the CMU website (https://cmu-edu.eu/) and is for educational and non-commercial use only. (382.4 KiB, PDF, 4 pages)


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2022-07-24

A Dictionary of Sea Terms for the Use of Yachtsmen, Amateur Boatmen, and Beginners

Despite its title, this illustrated dictionary from 1898 is really for anyone with a keen interest in ships and maritime history. There is much to learn from it. "True maritime terms," notes the author in his Preface, "may generally be traced back to very simple derivations. To understand the derivation of a word is to understand it in its fullest meaning. For this reason, wherever the origin of an expression is known, I have taken the opportunity of inserting it." (19.3 MiB, PDF, 352 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-06-16

An Universal Dictionary of the Marine by William Falconer (PDF format)

The scope of this historic dictionary from 1769 is suggested by its complete title: 'An Universal Dictionary of the Marine: Or, A Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases Employed in the Construction, Equipment, Furniture, Machinery, Movements, and Military Operations of a Ship'. The e-book edition produced by Google in EPUB format was converted to PDF by Marine Café Blog. (5.8 MiB, PDF, 752 pages)


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2022-06-11

‘She was Just a Sailor’s Sweetheart (old-time music)

'She was Just a Sailor's Sweetheart (Era la Novia de un Marinero)' has the charm of old-time music. Recorded in 1926 under the Victor label, it features American singer Fran Frey (1903–1962) and the George Olsen and his Music band. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the audio file from the Internet Archive. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 3:13 minutes) See also 'By the Beautiful Sea' , a vintage song about love.


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2022-06-09

Drunken Sailor by Roger McGuinn

This is a splendid version of 'Drunken Sailor' by Roger McGuinn, an American folk singer and former frontman of the rock music band The Byrds. It 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.   (1.5 MiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-06-06

The Salt of the Sea for Me (a ballad of the sea)

'The Salt of the Sea for Me' is about a sailor's love for the life at sea. The song was written by American songwriter Arthur A. Penn (1875–1941) and features the bass vocals of Frank C. Stanley (1868-1910). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1904 Victor recording from the U.S. Library of Congress. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:55 minutes)


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2022-06-04

A – roodle – tum – toodle – tum – too (old sea song)

'A-roodle-tum-toodle-tum-too' is a delightful sea song. It was performed and recorded in 1939 by Captain Leighton Robinson, who heard the song when he first went to sea in 1888. The last line in the recording is incomplete and goes as follows: "Alas, that false deceitful maid, With a musical man she had flown." The audio file from the U.S. Library of Congress was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (7.1 MiB, MP3, 3:05 minutes)


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2022-06-01

HEAVE HO! MY LADS, HEAVE HO! (remastered vintage recording)

This is a vintage recording of Heave Ho! My Lads! Heave Ho!, the official song of the U.S. Maritime Service. It features the Sheepshead Bay Training Station Concert Band, USMS. The 78rpm recording from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:45 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-05-28

Anchors Aweigh by Perry and Harry Accordion Duet

This is a delightful performance of the classic march song composed in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmermann. The 78rpm recording (probably from the 1940s) is from the Internet Archive. It was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:24 minutes)


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2022-05-20

Ida Lewis: The Girl Who Kept Lime Rock Burning; a Heroic Live-Saver

This is a short but engaging account of the life of Ida Lewis, the heroic keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. It is an extract from 'Ten American Girls from History', a book written by Kate Dickinson Sweetser and published in 1917. (1 MiB, PDF, 20 pages) Marine Café Blog supports maritime women and women in general. Please consider giving a small donation. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-05-19

Sailing by Christopher John Stephens

"Sailing" speaks metaphorically of sailing through life and its "stormy waters". The song was composed by Scottish songwriter Gavin Sutherland in 1972 and popularised by Rod Stewart in 1975 with his international hit. This 2016 recording is by Christopher John Stephens, an American musician amd writer who has made it available to everyone via the Internet Archive. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 4:34 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics.


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2022-05-27

The Arraignment, Tryal, and Condemnation of Captain William Kidd, for Murther and Piracy, Upon Six Federal Indictments…

This is the court transcript of the trial of the English privateer Captain Kidd. which led to his execution on 23rd May 1701. Aside from its historical signifance, the document is an interesting read for lawyers, law students, and those who like pirate history and literature. (5.2 MiB, PDF, 72 pages) See also The Real Captain Kidd: A Vindication.


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2022-05-27

The Real Captain Kidd: A Vindication by Sir Cornelius Neale Dalton

This compelling book was written by Cornelius Neale Dalton, a Cambridge-educated barrister, civil servant and author. It starts with the unequivocal statement that "honest and well-meaning men have not infrequently incurred the odium of posterity, not so much by reason of any enormities of which they have themselves been guilty, as because it has been their misfortune to be set to impossible tasks by employers or comrades, to whom they have been only too faithful. Few, if any, of such men have less deserved their fate than Captain Kidd..." The digitised book is courtesy of Columbia University Libraries, New York City. (10.9 MiB, PDF, 341 pages) See the court transcipt of the trial and conviction of Captain Kidd.


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2022-05-02

The Cone Collector 10 (collection of articles about cone shells)

This is an informative and inspiring collection of articles about cone shells with colour photos to help the collector identify the different varieties. It is part of a series published by Seashell-collector.com. (2.7 MiB, PDF, 48 pages)


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2022-04-30

Ol’ Man River by Tony Fontane (vintage song in MP3)

This 1951 recording of Ol' Man River is by Tony Fontane (1925– 1974), an American recording artist in the 1940s and 1950s. Fontane's clear tenor voice and wide vocal range make it a pleasure to listen to. The audio file is courtesy of the Internet Archive and was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (5 MiB, MP3, 2:15 minutes) See also Ol' Man River by Paul Roberson (1936 recording).


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2022-04-27

Dusky Stevedore by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra

Jazz legend Louis Armstrong performs with his orchestra the iconic song about a stevedore written by Andy Razaf and J. C. Johnson. This 1933 recording is courtesy of the Internet Archive. It was remastered by Marine Café Blog for the best sound quality possible. (6 MiB, MP3, 2:54 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-26

State Pilotage in America, second edition

This is the second edition of 'State Pilotage in America' published in 1979 by the American Pilots' Association. The book is arguably the most comprehensive historical account of pilotage in the United States. It includes information about legislation that left state pilotage to the individual states. (91.3 MiB, PDF, 187 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-24

Dusky Stevedore by the New Yorkers orchestra

'Dusky Stevedore' is an iconic song whch saw several different recordings in 1928. This version features the New Yorkers, a Carl Fentons orchestra, with vocal portions sung by Carl Mathieu. It was remastered by Marine Café Blog from an audio file published in the Internet Archive. Click here for the full text of the song. (4.8 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-23

Sea Songs and Other Verses by Lieut. Edward C. Cruttwell, R.N.

The lover of poetry will find some gems in this collection of poems published in 1912. The author, Edward Clement Cruttwell (1888–1938), was a lieutenant in the British Royal Navy who saw action in World War I. (2.7 MiB, PDF, 100 pages including covers) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-19

Fall from the pilot ladder on the bulk carrier Atlantic Princess (safety report)

On 3rd July 2013, a company representative was boarding the bulk carrier Atlantic Princess via the ship’s pilot ladder as it lay at anchor off Whyalla, South Australia. The man fell and landed on the deck of the pilot launch below. This report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) examines the safety issues involved and actions taken to address them. The ATSB has provided the document, which is copyrighted to the Commonwealth of Australia, under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. (1.8 MiB, PDF, 24 pages)


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2022-04-18

The True Account of Captain Kidd by Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford

This richly detailed narrative sheds light on the life and times of Captain Kidd, the controversial 17th-century privateer-turned-pirate. It is the first chapter of 'New England Legends' which was published in 1872. The book was written by Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (1835–1921), a prolific American writer of romances, poems and detective stories.(716.8 KiB, PDF, 7 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-17

Captain Kidd by Ella Mae Morse (remastered)

'Captain Kidd' is about William Kidd (byname Captain Kidd), a 17th century English privateer and legendary pirate. This version of the traditional ballad features the vocals of American singer Ella Mae Morse (1924–1999), "whose 1940s and 1950s recordings mixing jazz, blues, and country styles influenced the development of rock and roll" (Wikipedia.org). It is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1945 78rpm recording from the Internet Archive. (6.3 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-09-06

Blue Danube by The Lutton Girls Choir

This famous waltz was composed by Johann Strauss II in 1866. It features The Lutton Girls Choir, an English voice ensemble that performed between 1936 and 1977, with orchestra led by English composer/conductor George Melachrino (1909–1965). The undated 78rpm recording from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog for best playback quality. (6.1 MiB, MP3, 3:59 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-14

Old Ironsides by John Philip Sousa (march)

John Philip Sousa, the American composer and conductor known for his marches, wrote 'Old Ironsides' in 1926. It was for a fund-raising event at Madison Square Garden to restore the historic frigate USS Constitution (nicknamed "Old Ironsides"). This 2020 recording features the "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. It is included in the album The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa: Vol. 6 (1922-1928). (5.7 MiB, MP3, 2:29 minutes)


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2022-04-11

Sailing by the Haydn Quartet

'Sailng' (aka 'Sailing, Sailing Over the Bounding Main') was written in 1880 by British composer Godfrey Marks, pseudonym of James Frederick Swift (1847–1931). This version of the song was performed and recorded in 1907 by the Haydn Quartet. It is from the U.S. Library of Congress, remastered by Marine Café Blog to remove some of the noise and enhance the sound quality. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 2:25 minutes)


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2022-04-10

By the Beautiful Sea (vintage song about love)

This happy, carefree song about a couple in love was recorded in 1914. It features the vocals of American singers Ada Jones and Billy Watkins. The audio file comes from the Free Music Archive Freemusicarchive.org under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License . (5.1 MiB, MP3, 3:22 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-10

There is Somebody Waiting for Me by Sir Harry Lauder (sailor’s song)

This vintage song should resonate with many of today's seafarers. It was composed and recorded in 1917 by Sir Harry Lauder (1870–1950), a British baritone singer and comedian. Sir Lauder dedicated it to "every sailor that sails the sea". The audio file from the U.S. Library of Congress was remastered by Marine Café Blog to reduce some of the noise. (5.2 MiB, MP3, 3:54 minutes)


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2022-04-09

The Whale Road: Transitioning from Spiritual Links, to Whaling, to Whale Watching in Aotearoa New Zealand (article)

This article by A. Asbjørn Jøn is a good backstory to the popular song, 'The Wellerman'. It delves into the central place of the whale in New culture and history, providing some interesting facts about the whaling station of the Weller brothers which inspired the 1830s song. Originally published in the Australian Folklore journal (29.2014), the article is courtesy of Open Journal Systems website. (645 KiB, PDF, 30 pages)


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2022-04-08

Go to Sea Once More by Roger McGuinn

'Go to Sea Once More' is about a sailor who gets very drunk in Liverpool and has his money and clothes stolen by a prostitute. Reluctantly, he goes back to sea and experiences a harsh life on board a whaling ship. Click here for the lyrics. The song is performed by American folk singer Roger Mcguinn and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3:28 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-08

Pay Me My Money Down by Roger McGuinn

'Pay Me My Money Down' originated as a song of black stevedores working in the Sea Islands off the U.S. state of Georgia. Unscupulous ship captains would tell the dockers to load or unload their vessels, promising to pay them the next day. But on the night prior, they would leave harbour without paying. This version is by American folk singer Roger McGuinn, part of his Folk Den project. Mr. McGuinn has made the song available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . ((2.9 MiB, MP3, 1:58 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-05

Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements, Third Edition

This guidance, published in January 2022, was produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) in collaboration with industry partners. It is intended to remind seafarers and companies of the vital importance of adhering to established rules and procedures on safe boarding arrangements for pilots. (768 KiB, PDF, 8 pages)


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2022-04-05

Sea Songs (1913 recording by various artists)

This is a medley of seven sea songs recorded in 1913 under the Victor label: 1) 'Sailing'; 2) 'Larboard watch'; 3) 'Rocked in the cradle of the deep'; 4) 'Life on the ocean wave'; 5) 'Asleep in the deep'; 6) 'Nancy Lee; 7) 'Anchored'. The audio file was provided by the U.S. Library of Congress and remastered by Marine Café Blog, (5.9 MiB, MP3, 4 minutes) See also "Medley of Sea Songs' (accordion music in MP3).  


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2022-04-04

Anchors Aweigh by the United States Navy Band

'Anchors Aweigh' was composed in 1906 by Charles Zimmerman, then a lieutenant and the bandmaster of the United States Naval Academy Band. This 1993 recording features the U.S. Navy Band. It was remastered by Marine Café Blog from the Library of Congress audio file. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 2:43 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-04-01

WHOA SAILOR (a fun song from the 1940s)

Swing to 'WHOA SAILOR' featuring the vocals of the popular American singers, Rosalie Allen and Billy Williams. The song was first recorded in 1947 and again in 1953. This audio file is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm record from the Internet Archive. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 2:24 minutes) See also 'Sailor Song' by the Peerless Quartet.


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2022-04-01

Pilot Ladder Safety (set of colour posters)

This is a collection in a single file of five printable posters: 1) Poor ladder condition; 2) Retrieval lines; 3) Combination ladder arrangements; 4) Securing pilot ladders at intermediate length; and 5) The cutting edge. It is courtesy of Maritimecyprus.com with colour photos and data from The American Club. (622 KiB, PDF, 10 pages)


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2022-03-29

The work practices of marine pilots: a review

This Australian study identifies the risk factors for pilots arising from long working hours, the uncertainty of pilotage work, and commercial pressures, amongst other things. Although the research covered pilots in the Queensland/Great Reefs area, the insights should be useful to pilots and pilotage authorities in general. The document has been made available by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. (352 KiB, PDF, 44 pages)


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2022-03-27

Directions to the light-keepers of the United States, 1852

This historical document describes in detail the duties of a United States lighthouse keeper. The directions were issued by the Lighthouse Board in 1852. The transcription of the original document is courtesy of Lighthousefriends.com. (87 KiB, PDF, 5 pages)


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2022-03-25

Pilot Ladder Safety by Herman Broers (illustrated article)

'Pilot Ladder Safety' fills a big gap in the existing literature on the subject. As the author, an experienced pilot, notes in the Foreword: "I discovered there are many things a captain, an officer, or even a bosun, AB or OS has to keep in mind when rigging the ladder. The usability of the documentation in place regarding this matter is not very good. What can be found online are tales of colleagues showing the accidents, the mishaps and the errors they see on a daily basis." (15.5 MiB, PDF, 48 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-03-22

Pilot Ladder Checklist

This is a short checklist to ensure the safety of pilot ladders and minimise the risks associated with their use. It was published by Pilotladdersafety.com, an independent website and blog. (83.6, PDF, 1 page)


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2022-03-17

IGP&I Report on P&I claims involving vessels under pilotage, 1999-2019

This report from the International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I) is a big eye-opener. In the 20-year period covered, there were 1,046 incidents recorded that resulted in liabilities in excess of US$1.82bn. Although the figure is very small compared with the total number pilotage acts undertaken each year, the report notes that "the yearly average of 52 incidents equates to one incident per week, and the average value per incident is approximately US$1.74m." (9.4 MiB, PDF, 43 pages)


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2022-03-15

Smooth Sailing by Ella Fitzgerald (jazz song)

'Smooth Sailing' is a wonderful chill-out song, especially for those who love jazz music. It was recorded in 1951 by American jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996) together with The Ray Charles Singers. This is a Marine Café Blog of the audio file from the Internet Archive. (5.1 MiB, MP3, 3:04 minutes) See also Ella Fitzgrald's great rendition of 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean' . Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-03-14

International Best Practices for Maritime Pilotage

The UK P&I Club says these recommended best practices "are for the guidance of masters, their supporting personnel and pilots in laying down the minimum standards to be expected of the pilotage service given on board ships in pilotage waters worldwide and aims to clarify the roles of the master and the pilot and the working relationship between them." The original Word file was converted to PDF by Marine Café Blog with the name "UK P&I Club" added to identify the source. (76.2 KiB, PDF, 6 pages)


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2022-03-18

The Herring Fishery (illustrated brochure)

This wonderfully illustrated brochure provides essential information about the Atlantic Herring — a "commercially important fish stock for over 5000 years" found throught British and Irish waters. It also spotlights The St Ives Herring Industry, The Irish Herring Season and The North Sea Herring Voyage. The brochure is courtesy of the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust based in St Ives, Cornwall, England. (3.2 MiB, PDF, 4 pages)


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2022-03-13

North Sea Fishers and Fighters by Walter Wood (non-fiction)

'North Sea Fishers and Fighters' is a non-fictional work about trawler fishermen in the North Sea interspersed with stories of naval battles and sea adventures. Says the author In the Introduction to the 1911 illustrated book: "There is no harder, greyer weather than that of the North Sea; there are no harder Englishmen than deep North Sea men." This digitised volume is courtesy of the University of California Libraries, (80 MiB, PDF, 524 pages) For more about North Sea fishing, check out 'The Herring Fishery'.


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2022-03-10

IMPA Guidance on the Master – Pilot Exchange (MPX)

This pamphlet from the London-based International Maritime Pilots' Association (IMPA) reminds pilots of the importance of proper coordination between master and pilot. Says the short intro: "Each Pilotage assignment should begin with an exchange of information between the master and the pilot. This exchange is a prelude to a successful passage under pilotage and is a key component of effective BRM during the passage." (888.4 KiB, PDF, 8 pages)


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2022-03-09

“Calypso”—Harry Belafonte (1956) (article)

Judith E. Smith provides some interesting insights into Harry Belafonte's life and his trendsetting 1956 album Calypso, which includes ' "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)". Ms. Smith is a book author and Professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. This article is courtesy of the Library of Congress, USA. (234 KiB, PDF, 4 pages)


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2022-03-09

The Banana Boat Song by Freddy Quinn

This version of the traditional Jamaican folk song was written by Erik Darling; Bob Carey and Alan Arkin. It was recorded in 1957 by Austrian singer and actor Freddy Quinn together with Horst Wende and his Rhythm Boys. The digitised 78rpm record from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.6 MiB, MP3, 2 minutes and 31 seconds)


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2022-03-09

King’s Handbook of Boston Harbor by Moses Forster Sweetser

Published in 1882, the book provides an intimate look at the goings-on in 19th-century Boston Harbor and the lives of the local folk. With more than 200 illustrations, it is a classic that those who love Boston Harbor and American maritime history would treasure. This digital edition is courtesy of Boston College Libraries. (24,5 MiB, PDF, 294 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-03-05

The Embarkation & Disembarkation of Pilots Code of Safe Practice

The transfer of a pilot between pilot boat and ship presents significant risks that need to be carefully managed. The Code gives guidance to improve the control of these risks. This version of the Code has been prepared jointly by the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots Association (UKMPA) Technical and Training Committee, the UK Harbour Masters’ Association (UKHMA), Port Skills and Safety and the BPA/UKMPG Marine Pilotage Working Group. (498.5 KiB, PDF, 19 pages)


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2022-05-02

All About Ships by Lieut. Taprell Dorling, R.N

'All About Ships' provides a rich panorama of the history ships — from ancient wooden vessels and British naval ships to merchant clippers and steamships. It includes chapters on propulsion machinery, ship equipment, navigational aids and the like. Published in 1912, the illustrated book was written by Henry Taprell Dorling (1883–1968), a Royal Navy officer who served in World Wars I and II and had a flair for writing. The digitised volume is courtesy of the University of California Berkeley Library. (26 MiB, PDF, 454 pages)


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2022-03-03

To Wear Or Not to Wear (article about pilot gear)

Is it okay for harbour pilots to wear rucksacks or other bags when using the ladder? Kevin Vallance, a pilot, tackles this question in this article from the Spring 2020 edition of 'The Pilot', the magazine of the United Kingdom Pilots' Association. (1.8 MiB, PDF, 2 pages)


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2022-06-10

Illustrated Glossary of Ship and Boat Terms

This is a glossary which, says the explanatory note, "researchers might be required to apply or interpret in their studies of shipwrecks and archives" It is limited to ship and boat construction terminology. The educational material is courtesy of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. (24.6 MiB, PDF, 30 pages)


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2022-03-01

Pilotage Bulletin (overview of maritime pilotage in various countries)

The Pilotage Bulletin was issued by the P&I insurer Standard Club in May 2016. It provides a good overview of pilotage in 11 maritime jurisdictions: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Panama, Singapore, UK, and the United States. The country summaries cover pilotage charges and liability/exemptions from liability, amongst other things.(6.4 MiB, PDF, 28 pages)


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2022-02-28

Conchologia Iconica, Vol.1 by Lovell Augustus Reeve

'Conchologia Iconica: Or, Illustrations of the Shells of Molluscous Animals' is a classic book for shell collectors. It is the magnum opus of Lovell Augustus Reeve (1814– 1865), an English conchologist and publisher. This first of 20 volumes was published in 1843 with colour illustrations that are a delight to the eye. (27.4 MiB, PDF, 569 pages)


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2022-05-27

Twenty-four Hours of a Sailor’s Life at Sea (short nonfiction work read orally)

'Twenty-four Hours of a Sailor's Life at Sea' is a short nonfiction work by an anonymous British writer. It paints an intimate picture of life and work on board a ship during the Age of Sail. As wonderful as the prose is the oral reading performed by Garth Burton for Librivox. Worth a listen for maritime writers and anyone who loves nautical history. (10 MiB, MP3, 16:12 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-02-25

From the Log of the Velsa by Arnold Bennett

'From the Log of the Velsa' is an engaging novel about the meanderings through Europe of the English yacht Velsa and its crew. It opens a window to past maritime customs and the challenges of sailing on a yacht with a 72-foot mast. The book was written by British novelist Arnold Bennett (1867—1931) and published in 1914. This digitised edition is courtesy of Cornell University Library, New York. (5.6 MiB, PDF, 322 pages)


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2022-02-25

An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook by William Gilkerson

Published in 1983, this portfolio features the pencil drawings of William Gilkerson (1936–2015), an American-Canadian writer, editor and artist. Notable for their rawness and immediacy, they served as studies for the ink and wash watercolour drawings in Gilkerson's 1983 book, American Whalers in the Wastern Arctic. This digitised volume is courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. (34 MiB, PDF, 58 pages)


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2022-02-23

NTSB Accident Report on Sinking of US Cargo Vessel SS El Faro on 1 October 2015

The 2017 Accident Report from the US National Transport Safety Board provides a detailed analysis of the 2015 El Faro disaster which killed the ship's entire crew of 33. The NTSB came up with 59 findings. Amongst them: "The captain’s decision to depart Jacksonville was reasonable considering the availability of options to avoid Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin." This is a valuable reference for maritime safety professionals, researchers and nautical students. (9.9 MiB, PDF, 299 pages)


 1 file(s)  5 downloadsCategory: Maritime Education and Training, Seafaring and ManningDownload
2022-02-21

Fore & Aft Craft and Their Story by E. Keble Chatterton

This book is a real treasure for sailing ship and yacht aficionados. It received rave reviews when it was published in 1922. "Mr Keble Chatterton's work is a labour of love. In this more than usually handsome volume he traces the history of the fore-and-aft in a most engaging manner. A sumptuous volume," wrote the Glasgow Citizen, for example. This is a reproduction of the book as scanned by the Internet Archive, minus the index. (18,1 MiB, PDF, 344 pages)


 1 file(s)  14 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and CultureDownload
2022-02-18

The Pilots and Pilot Boats of New York (a rare Scientific American article)

'The Pilots and Pilot Boats of New York' was published in the 22nd October 1898 edition of Scientific American, which was founded in New York City in 1845 as a weekly newspaper. An excerpt from the article: "The history of those early days of pilotage is full of disaster, and the long cruises to the eastward were as costly as they were unnecessary. This was well understood by the pilots, and it was only a question of time before some arrangement would be made by which the work could be carried on systematically and with less risk and expense." (3.6 MiB, PDF, 2 pages) See also 'Pilots and Pilot Boats of Boston Harbor'.


 1 file(s)  17 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and Culture, ShippingDownload
2022-02-17

The Longshoremen by Charles B. Barnes

'The Longshoremen' is a compelling book about American longshoremen (dock workers) in the early 1900s. The Preface reads in part: "Mr. Barnes' study of longshoremen and their work was an initimate and careful one. Its aim is to give a picture of the men, of the conditions of labor which affect them, of the relations existing between them and their employers and bosses, and of their own efforts to co-operate with one another in trying to improve their lot in life.". (5.5 MiB, PDF, 335 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-02-14

Atlantic Pilotage Authority Annual Report 2020

The latest annual report of Canada's Atlantic Pilotage Authority provides interesting insights into its operations and the performance of Canadian maritime pilots. It includes statistics on, amongst other things, the number of licensed pilots on the Atlantic side of Canada; total pilotage assignments; types of vessels boarded; and frequency of accidents. (8.3 MiB, PDF, 42 pages)


 1 file(s)  10 downloadsCategory: ShippingDownload
2022-02-13

Nautical Dictionary by Arthur Young

Arthur Young's authoritative 'Nautical Dictionary' blows similar 19th-century dictionaries out of the water. Richly illustrated, it contains a huge amount of terms related to sailing vessels and steamers, navigation, maritime law and commerce, and other martime affairs. In certain cases, the definition of a term is elaborated on. Mr. Young was an average adjuster from Dundee, Scotland. He was assisted in the preparation of the book by James Brisbane, a local shipyard superintendent. The digitised book is courtesy of Columbia University Libraries, New York, (67 MiB, PDF, 516 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-02-09

The Sailor by Michael Earls (poetry reading in MP3)

The Sailor' is a wonderful short poem written by Michael Earls (1875–1937), a Jesuit priest. writer, poet, and teacher. The narrator dreams of being a sailor in search of the Golden Fleece (a reference to the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts). The poem was read by Ian King for Librivox. (909 KiB, MP3, 1:22 minutes)


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2022-02-25

America’s Merchant Marine: A Presentation of Its History and Development to Date with Chapters on Related Subjects

Published in 1920, this book is about the history of the U.S. merchant marine from its inception in the 1600s. "It is, as will be seen, an original work, and gives a compact history of our merchant marine...Every statement has been derived from official reports or from other trustworthy sources," says the Foreward by the publishers, Bankers Trust Company. The digitised book is courtesy of the University of Connecticut Libraries. Note: The index was removed by Marine Café Blog to reduce the file size. (11.9 MiB, PDF, 256 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-02-02

Ships, Outfits, and Manner of Taking the Whale (illustrated article)

This article gives a close-up view of American whale-hunting in the 19th century. It explains in detail the preparations made before the hunt, the equipment and tools used, and the actual killing of the whale. The article was excerpted from the 1874 book '‘The Marine Mammals of the North-western Coast of North American, Described and Illustrated Together with an Account of the American Whale-Fishery’ by Captain Charles M. Scammon. (1.5 MiB, PDF, 25 pages)


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2022-05-27

18th-century ship of war diagram ( printable image)

This enhanced image shows: 1) a diagram of a third-rate ship of war with rigging etc. at anchor; and 2) a cross-section of a first-rate ship of war. The original illustration is from the 1728 two-volume Cyclopaedia compiled and edited by Ephraim Chambers. (10.9 MiB, JPEG, 4270 x 3977 pixels, 300 dpi) Click here to learn more about the Royal Navy rating system for ships of war during the Age of Sail.


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2022-01-30

List of EMSA STCW-related inspections in non-EU countries, 2005–2021

This is a chronological list of inspections conducted by the European Maritime Safe Agency (EMSA) in non-EU countries that supply seafarers to EU-flag vessels. It covers the period 2005–2021. The inspections are done on behalf of the European Commission to ensure full compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). (139.6 KiB, PDF, 5 pages)


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2022-01-29

The Shell Tribe (illustrated article about shells)

'The Shell Tribe' is about seashells and other sea animals whose shell is not external but is imbedded in the skin (e.g., corals and starfishes). Featured are 12 colour illustrations. This article is included as Chapter I in the 1914 book, 'Nature Neighbours: Embracing Birds, Plants, Animals, Minerals' (Vol. V — Animals). The book is courtesy of the University of Illinois Library and was digitised by the Internet Archive. (1.4 MiB, PDF, 31 pages)


 1 file(s)  4 downloadsCategory: The Ocean & Marine LifeDownload
2022-06-10

Sailing Ship Diagrams (barque, brig, schooner)

This is a useful reference material for sailing ship enthusiasts. It contains the schematic representations of three vessel types: barque, brig and schooner. The illustrations and accompanying texts are from the 1863 Nautical Dictionary written by Arthur Young. (10.9 MiB, PDF, 10 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-01-24

Horatio Nelson and the Naval Supremacy of England by W. Clark Russell

This splendidly researched book details the life and career of Horatio Nelson, the famous British naval commander in the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. Published in 1890, it was written by William Clark Russell (1844–1911), an English writer best known for his nautical novels. The digitised volume is courtesy of the Cornell University Library, New York (the index and some non-essential pages were removed by Marine Café Blog to reduce the file size).  (8.9 MiB, PDF, 399 pages)


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2022-01-21

A-Roving by Leonard Warren (shanty in MP3)

'A-Roving' is a delightful shanty about a sailor's romantic escapade in Amsterdam. It features the vocals of American baritone singer Leonard Warren (1911–1960) with orchestra and chorus. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1948 recording digitised by Kahle/Austin Foundation and published on the Internet Archive. (4.7 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes) Click here to learn more about the song.


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2022-02-14

South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Sir Ernest Shackleton

In this compelling book published in 1920, Ernest Shackleton recounts the feats of endurance of those who took part in his last expedition.The famous British explorer had attempted to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent, but the venture failed. Out of the 56 men who left for the South, three were killed and five wounded. The book contains photographs by the Australian photographer and adventurer, Frank Hurley. The digitised copy is courtesy of the Cornell University Library via the Internet Archive. (14.1 MiB, PDF, 490 pages) See some amazing Antarctic photos by Frank Hurley here .


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2022-01-16

Little Tugboat (a ditty in MP3)

'Little Tugboat is a short, simple song that will delight tugboat lovers, both young and old. The performer is unidentified. The original 78rpm recording from 1962 was digitised by the California-based Kahle Austin Foundation and published on the Internet Archive. It was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (1.8 MiB, MP3, 1:07 minutes) See also 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat', another delightful song.


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2022-08-30

Pilots and Pilot Boats of Boston Harbor by Ralph M. Eastman

'Pilots and Pilot Boats of Boston Harbor' is about the "men of stout hearts" who "with their trim, weatherly boats" played an important role in the maritime life of Boston. It was published in 1956 by the Second Bank-State Street Trust Company in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of its brochure series. The digital file is courtesy of The Genealogy Center - Allen County Public Library via the Internet Archive. Marine Café Blog understands that the copyright was not renewed, so the publication is in the public domain. (9.1 MiB, PDF, 105 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-01-13

Alfred William Venn (article about a Bristol Channel pilot)

This short article about Alfred William Venn, last known survivor of the Bristol Channel Sailing Pilots, was written by his son, G. Barrett Venn. More than a bio, it provides glimpses into an interesting chapter of British maritime pilotage. The article is from the July 2006 issue of The Pilot, official organ of the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association. (583 KiB, PDF, 3 pages) See also 'Pilots' by Alfred T. Story, a rare magazine article.


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2022-07-30

Captains of Atlantic Liners by Alfred T. Story (a rare magazine article)

'Captains of Atlantic Liners' is about 11 captains in the Atlantic liner service whose stories are both highly informative and inspiring. The magazine article was based on interviews by English journalist and author Alfred T. Story (1842–1934). It was published in two parts in the British monthly The Strand Magazine, January-June and July-December editions. (6.8 MiB, PDF, 16 pages) See also 'Pilots' by Alfred T. Story.


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2022-01-09

Pilotage by Captain Michael R. Watson (magazine article)

This short article is like a demitasse that provides a good overview and flavour of American pilotage. It was written by Captain Michael R. Watson, then president of the American Pilots Associaton (APA), and published in the US Coast Guard magazine 'Proceedings' (Spring 2011 edition). This file is courtesy of the APA. (290 KiB, PDF, 3 pages)


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2022-08-30

Pilots by Alfred T. Story (a rare magazine article)

'Pilots' takes a rare look at the world of 19th–century River Thames pilots: how pilots were chosen, how much they earned, etc. The two–part article was written by Alfred T. Story (1842–1934), an English journalist and author. It was published in the July–December 1894 edition of The Strand Magazine, a monthly magazine published in the UK from January 1891 to March 1950. (8.3 MiB, PDF, 19 pages) See also 'PILOT LORE: From Sail to Steam' . Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee  


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2022-01-06

Two Jolly Sailors (lighthearted song in MP3)

'Two Jolly Sailors' is a fun song in which two ship captains tell stories of their adventures at sea. It features the vocals of American singers Byron G. Harlan (tenor) and Steve Porter (baritone) with orchestra. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the record released by Victor in 1913. (3.7 MiB, MP3, 3:33 minutes) See also 'I Love to be a Sailor', another lighthearted song.


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2022-01-06

I Love to be a Sailor by Sir Harry Lauder (vintage song in MP3)

'I Love to be a Sailor' is a delightful song sung from the point of view of an old salt. It features the vocals of Scottish singer and comedian Sir Harry Lauder (1870–1950) with orchestra. The 1917 Victor recording provided by the United States Library of Congress was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.1 MiB, MP3, 3:35 minutes) See also 'Two Jolly Sailors' .


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2022-01-03

Steamboat Bill (old-time song in MP3)

'Steamboat Bill' is a jolly old-time song about a Mississippi steamboat captain called Steamboat Bill. It features the vocals of American baritone singer Arthur Collins (1864 – 1933), who is backed by an orchestra. The 1911 recording under the Victor label was remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 2:29 minutes)


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2022-02-24

PILOT LORE: From Sail to Steam (historical book)

'PILOT LORE: From Sail to Steam' is about the harbour pilots who played an important role in the making of New York and its maritime history. The book was published in 1922 by the United New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Associations. Aside from paying tribute to the heroic pilots, it provides historical sketches of the shipping lines and related companies that operated in one of the world's greatest ports. (22.9 MiB, PDF, 347 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-02-23

Dog-watches at Sea by Stanton H. King

'Dog-watches at Sea' is a personal account of life at sea by Stanton Henry King (1867–1939), an American sailor, author and shanty singer. King recounts his experiences as a young sailor on board a man-of-war with endearing candour. In the last chapter of this 1901 book, he writes: "Although so young, I had lived many years of recklessness and wrong-doing... I had no plans or ambitions, -- a mere animal; worse off than some animals, for they at least had some one who bestowed affection on them. Still I was not unhappy. Only when my mother's face came to my mind and I allowed myself to think of her, did a trace of good thought or a longing for something better enter my life." (10.7 MiB, PDF, 318 pages)


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2022-07-24

The Seaman’s Friend by R.H. Dana, Jr. (book about ships and seamanship in the Age of Sail)

This 1873 book by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., an American lawyer and one-time merchant sailor, is a slim volume (just over 230 pages). But it is rich in content and wide in scope as can be gleaned from the book's complete title: 'The Seaman's Friend: Containing A Treatise on Practical Seamanship, with Plates; A Dictionary of Sea Terms; Customs and Usages of the Merchant Service; Laws Relating to the Practical Duties of Masters and Mariners'. (7.7 MiB, PDF, 238 pages)


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2021-12-24

La Mer by Charles Trenet (famous French love song, restored)

'La Mer' (The Sea) is a well-known French song about the sea and love (click here for an English transation) This 1947 recording features the vocals of the French singer and composer, Charles Trenet. It was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation, with some remastering by Marine Café Blog. (3.1 MiB, MP3, 3:18 minutes)


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2022-07-24

Ships of the Seven Seas by Hawthorne Daniel

'Ships of the Seven Seas' provides a sweeping history of ships through many centuries. Published in 1925, it was authored by Hawthorne Daniel, an American maritime writer and U.S. Naval Academy graduate. The introduction is by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who would serve as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in1945. The digitised book is courtesy of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It has nearly 300 illustrations and an abridged nautical dictionary as an appendix. (19 MiB, PDF, 338 pages)


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2021-12-19

I Saw Three Ships by Ben DeVries (a Christmas song in MP3)

'I Saw Three Ships' is a traditional English Christmas carol. This version is by Ben DeVries, a British singer, musician and music producer.The recording is from the Free Music Archive and published by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) International licence. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 5:14 minutes) See also Roger McGuinn's version of 'I Saw Three Ships'.


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2021-12-18

Oda al marinero by Javier Gómez Bello (original Spanish song in MP3)

'Oda al marinero' (Ode to the sailor) features the music of Javier Gómez Bello, an independent singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Málaga, Spain. Alternating with a female singer, he weaves a song that will captivate you. This recording was provided by Jamendo Music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 4:13 minutes) See also  'Cantares de Marinero' by Alfredo González Vilela.


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2022-02-26

Whale Fishery of New England (maritime history book)

'Whale Fishery of New England' is a detailed account of the rise and fall of whaling in the storied New England region of the United States. Published in 1915, this slim volume includes some interesting anecdotes and is illustrated with rare prints. It is a compelling read for all who are interested in American maritime history and whaling. (9.2 MiB, PDF, 66 pages including covers) See also 'The sailing ships of New England, 1607-1907' by John Robinson.


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2021-12-15

USS Constitution: The Legendary Survivor (illustrated historical paper)

'USS Constitution: The Legendary Survivor' is about the colourful story behind the famous American frigate. It details why and how the ship came into being and her war exploits, amongst other things. This highly informative paper is courtesy of Veteranresouces.org. (857 KiB, PDF, 15 pages) See also 'Overview of USS Constitution Restorations' (an authoritive paper).


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2021-12-15

Overview of USS Constitution Restorations (an authoritive paper)

This short paper summarises the restorations undergone by the historic frigate USS Constitution from 1803 (six years after her launch) to the present times. It was written by the Historian of the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment in Boston. "Storms, battle, and accidents all contributed to the general deterioration of the ship, alongside the natural decay of her wooden structure, hemp rigging, and flax sails," the author points out. (264 KiB, PDF, 5 pages) See also 'USS Constitution: The Legendary Survivor' (illustrated historical paper).


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2021-12-14

Christmas at Sea edited by Edward Shippen (real life stories)

'Christmas at Sea' is a collection of stories on board a man-of-war contributed by American naval officers. It was edited by Edward Shippen (1826–1911), who was an admiral, naval surgeon and writer of naval history. This book is from the Cornell University Library, digitised under Microsoft's sponsorship. (3.7 MiB, PDF, 187 pages)


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2021-12-13

Ship at Sea by Bob Wiseman (nautical song in MP3)

'Ship at Sea' will appeal to modern ears with its blending of jazz, rock, and experimental pop elements. Released in 1989, this recording features the music of Bob Wiseman, a Canadian jazz pianist, singer-songwriter and music producer. The Free Music Archive has made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States licence . (3.4 MiB, MP3, 3:10 minutes).


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2022-02-14

The sailing ships of New England, 1607-1907 by John Robinson (with ship illustrations)

'The Sailing Ships of New England, 1607–1907' is a worthwhile read for those with a passion for sailing ships and maritime history. It paints a detailed picture of New England's Age of Sail over the course of three centuries. This book is from the University of California and was digitised by Microsoft. (20.5 MiB, PDF, 432 pages) See also 'Sailing Ships: The Story of their Development from the Earliest Times to the Present Day' .


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2022-12-09

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Mister Jan (song in MP3)

'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' is a modern take on a classic children's song that should appeal to adults. The recording was made available on the Free Music Archive under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence . (2.4 MiB, MP3, 1:54 minutes) See also 'Boat's Up the River by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs'   .


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2021-12-08

Great Lakes Shipping by Joan Chadde (PowerPoint presentation as PDF)

'Great Lakes Shipping' provides an excellent overview of shipping in the chain of deep freshwater lakes in east-central North America (Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario). It was produced in 2007 by Joan Chadde of the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at the Michigan Technological University. Ms. Chadde makes use of photos, maps and graphs for a graphic, eye-catching presentation. (1.2 MiB, PDF, 41 pages) NOTE: This file is shared by Marine Café Blog only for educational and non-commercial use.


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2021-12-07

Remember Pearl Harbor! by Blake Clark

'Remember Pearl Harbor!' is a first-hand account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941. Several stories about the people affected by the horrific event are woven into a single narrative. Published in 1942, the original from the University of California was ditigised by Google and compressed by Marine Café Blog to reduce the download size. (6.4 MiB, PDF, 125 pages)


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2021-12-03

Blow, Boys, Blow (sea shanty in MP3)

This is a short but wonderful version of the halyard shanty, 'Blow, Boys, Blow'. The 1962 recording published on the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog to enhance the sound quality. (1.4 MiB, MP3, 49 seconds) Click here for some interesting facts about 'Blow, Boys, Blow'.


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2022-02-25

Ancient and Moden Ships. Part I. Wooden Sailing-Ships by Sir George C.V. Holmes

'Ancient and Modern Ships. Part I' provides a sweeping history of wooden sailing vessels beginning with the ancient ships on the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Published in 1906, it was written by Sir George C.V. Holmes, long-time secretary of the Institution of Naval Architects. The book contains 75 illustrations. NOTE: The original file from the Internet Archive was compressed and thei index removed by Marine Café Blog to reduce its size. (10.2 MiB, PDF, 173 pages)


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2021-11-27

Whiskey-O by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

'Whiskey-O' is a halyard shanty also known as 'Whiskey Johnny' and 'Whiskey is the Life of Man'. The performer is American folk singer Roger McGuinn, who has made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (2.6 MiB, MP3, 1:52 minutes) See also the 1939 recording of 'Whiskey Johnny'.


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2021-12-27

Sea of Faith: Prayers for Mariners by Barista Uno

This illustrated pamphlet contains six beautiful prayers to inspire seafarers, whatever their faith, and give them the fresh courage to face the challenges of life. Included is a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns which is really a prayer. Feel free to redistribute the file for non-commercial purposes. (3.7 MiB, PDF, 10 pages)


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2021-11-23

The Wanderer and The Seafarer by William Witherle Lawrence (short essay)

'The Wanderer and The Seafarer' examines two of the finest specimens of extant Anglo-Saxon poetry for a better understanding and appreciation of the poems. The essay was first published in The Journal of Germanic Philology, Vol. 4, No. 4 (1902). This file is courtesy of JSTOR. (1.9 MiB, PDF, 21 pages)


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2021-11-23

ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, latest version including 2018 amendments (MLC, 2006)

All seafarers should spare time to read Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. It is a milestone in the protection of their rights -- spelling out the various regulations on wages, hours of work, shipboard accomodations, etc. This is the consolidated text of MLC, 2006, and includes the 2014, 2016 and 2018 amendments to the Code of the Convention. It is published here by Marine Café Blog with the permission of the International Labour Organization. IMPORTANT: You are free to download this file for your personal use. You cannot redistribute it without the ILO's express permission. (736 KiB, PDF, 116 pages)


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2022-02-27

Home from the Sea by Arthur Rostron (a captain’s memoir)

'Home from the Sea' is a compelling memoir by Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, best remembered as the captain of the RMS Carpathia that rescued hundreds of Titanic survivors. Describing the moment the Titanic went down, he wrote: "It was right under her stern and from this boy I heard a graphic account of how the Titanic up-ended herself and remained poised like some colossal nightmare of a fish, her tail high in the air, her nose deep in the water, until she dived finally from human sight." This must-read book is part of the Public Library of India collection on the Internet Archive. (9.4 MiB, PDF, 301 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2021-11-06

What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor by the King’s Point Glee Club (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy the sheer energy of this version of 'What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor' by the King's Point Glee Club of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The band accompaninent is just superb. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the recording published on the Internet Archive. (1.8 MiB, MP3, 1:10 minutes)


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2021-12-29

Pebble Beach by Ed Askew (folk song in MP3)

'Pebble Beach' is a nostalgic song about the beach featuring the unique vocals of New Yorker Ed Askew. It has great instrumentation and ambient sounds. This recording was made available on the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License. (4.6 MiB, MP3, 3:18 minutes) See also The Beach by Yusuke Tsutsumi.


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2021-10-30

On the Shore by Susan Coolidge (poem, oral reading)

'On the Shore' is a poem about renewal and hope written by American poet Susan Coolidge (pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey,1835 –1905). The penultimate stanza reads: "Then suddenly out of the mist-cloud dun,/ As touched and wooed by unseen sun,/ Again into sight bursts the rose of light/ And opens its petals one by one." The audio recording was made for Librivox by Noel Badrian. (1.8 MiB , MP3, 1:24 minutes)


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2021-10-28

The Flying Dutchman (song based on the famous maritime legend, MP3)

'The Flying Dutchman' is based on the old European legend about a ghost ship whose appearance before sailors is believed to signal imminent disaster. This 1950 recording features the vocals of American singer-songwriter Richard Hayes (1930–2014) with Mitch Miller's Orchestra. It is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the audio file published on the Internet Archive. (3.7 MiB, MP3, 2:10 minutes) Click here for another wonderful version of 'The Flying Dutchman'.


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2021-10-25

Pirates by Nick Green (punk rock pirate song )

Rock music fans will love Nick Green's punk version of 'Pirates'. The 2009 recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music, made available to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 1:57 minutes). CLICK HERE for a "tamer" version of this song.


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2021-10-25

Pirates by Nick Green (pirate song in MP3)

'Pirates' is a song that will captivate pirate fans with its melody and lyrics. The 2009 recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music, made available to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:47 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this download section. Buy Me A Coffee  


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2021-10-23

There Lies a Ship by Roger Watson (English folk song in MP3)

'There Lies a Ship' is a charming folk song about the triumph of a woman's love for a sailor. It is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, which gives this synopsis: A girl loves a young man, but her father dislikes him and sends him away on a ship so they cannot be together. She waits for 7 years, when her sailor returns. They marry in secret, despite her father's wishes. This recording is provided for your personal, non-commercial use. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 3:38 minutes)


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2021-10-23

Habit by William James (a paper on the principles of habit)

'Habit' is a treatise written by renowned American philosopher and psychologist William James. Published in 1914, it is useful reading for today's maritime educators, safety experts and others interested in marine accident prevention. James' paper, which was digitised by the Internet Archive, is courtesy of the University of Toronto in Canada. (1.9 MiB, PDF, 70 pages) Read the Marine Café Blog article about the relevance of William James' principles of habit to maritime safety training: The force of habit and the culture of maritime safety


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2021-10-19

Shenandoah by John Goss (traditional folk song, MP3)

'Shenandoah' is thought by some as a sea shanty, but it's definitely one of America's most beloved folk songs. This recording from 1925 features the vocals of British baritone John Goss (1891–1953) together with the Cathedral Male Voice Quartet. It was remastered by Marine Café Blog to remove some of the noise. (6.5 MiB, MP3, 2:57 minutes) See also Roger McGuinn's lovely version of 'Shenandoah'.


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2021-10-17

A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham (sea song read aloud, MP3)

'A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea' is a sea song written by Scottish poet Allan Cunningham (1784 – 1842). The lyrics were read aloud for Librivox.org by Jason Mills. His delivery is so dramatic and convincing that you can imagine yourself on a sailing ship trekking the high seas. (523.7 KiB, MP3, 1:05 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea' (with music sheet and a brief note about the song's author).


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2021-10-17

A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea, song by Allan Cunningham (4-page reference material)

This resource material was put together by Marine Café Blog for a better appreciation of the sea song, 'A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea'. It contains the complete lyrics of the song and a brief note on the author, Scottish poet Allan Cunningham. ((390 KiB, PDF, 4 pages) Click here to play and download an oral reading of 'A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea'.


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2021-10-17

Medley of Sea Songs (accordion music in MP3)

'Medley of Sea Songs' is a delightful medley of six songs — Sailing, Sailors Hornpipe, Blow the Man Down, Fishers' Hornpipe, Nancy Lee, and Tantalizing Tar. It was recorded in 1932 by American piano-accordionist and composer Charles Magnante (1905 –1986) and his accordion orchestra. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised recording from the Internet Archive. (7.9 MiB, MP3, 4:53 minutes)


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2021-10-15

Canoe Song by Paul Robeson (song from a movie, MP3)

'Canoe Song' features the vocals of American baritone Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976), who is known for his great rendition of 'Ol Man River, It is from the 1935 British film Sanders of the River and has a timeless social message: "For light is the burden of labor/ When each bends his back with his neighbor/ So each for all/ We stand or fall/ And all for each/ Until we reach/ The journey's end." The 1935 recording is courtesy of Bob Varney on the Internet Archive, remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320kbps. (6.6 MiB, MP3, 2:53 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Canoe Song'.


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2021-10-14

Sally Brown, Hanging Johnny and Whisky Johnny (3-shanties-in-one, MP3)

This 1928 recording of three popular shanties features the vocals of British baritone singer John Goss (1891–1953) backed by the Cathedral Male Voice Quartet. It is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm record from the Internet Archive. (5.1 MiB, MP3, 2:58 minutes) See also American baritone Mordy Bauman's back-to-back recording of 'A-Roving & Drunken Sailor'.


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2021-10-10

Guantanamera (a song about love for one’s native land and its people )

'Guantanamera' is a famous Cuban song. It is not a maritime song but it will resonate with sailors and others who love the land of their birth and its people. "Con los pobres de la tierra/ Quiero yo mi suerte echar" (With the poor people of this earth, I want to share my fate), goes one verse. The song uses words from a poem by the great Cuban poet, José Martí. It was performed live in 1965 on a US television show by Pete Seeger, Rosa Valentin, and Rafael Martinez with some English translation by Seeger. The recording from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320kbps. (8 MiB, MP3, 3:29 minutes)


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2021-10-09

Boat’s Up the River by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs (blues/country song in MP3)

'Boat's Up the River' is about the narrator's fascination with the river. The opening lines will make you want to continue listening: "The boat's up the river and it won't come down,/ Then I believe to my soul, that I'm waterbound." The song was performed live in 2015 at radio station WFMU's Live Room by British singer-songwriter Holly Golightly and her longtime band mate Lawyer Dave (The Brokeoffs).The recording was made available on the Free Music Archive under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence . (6.3 MiB, MP3, 2:44 minutes) Click here for the song lyrics.


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2021-10-10

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean by Ella Fitzgerald (ringtone for Android phones)

This ringtone will make you and others take notice when it goes off on your phone. It is a cut from 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean' by legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald with its distinctive jazz and Latin upbeats. (801 KiB, MP3, 27 seconds) Click here for the full recording of Fitzgerald's song.


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2021-10-09

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean by Ella Fitzgerald (traditional Scottish song, MP3)

American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996) does a unique performance of 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean' in this 1952 recording. Fitzgerald lends her sweet voice to the old Scottish song, accompanied by Bobby Orton's energetic Teen-Aces. The digitised 78rpm record from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320Kbps. (5.0 MiB, MP3, 2:11 minutes)


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2022-02-15

On Blue Water by Edmondo De Amicis (a narrative about life on an emigrant ship)

On Blue Water' is an account of life on board an emigrant steamship travelling from Genoa, Italy, to Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was written by Edmondo De Amicis (1846–1908), an Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer. Jacob B. Brown noted in his Translator's Preface to De Amicis' 1897 book: "The writer's observant eye has singled out, his lively imagination has characterized, and his ready pen has described at least twenty different groups and characters taken from both ends of the vessel, all dramatic, saying and doing in every case just what such persons would say and do." This book is courtesy of the University of California Libraries on the Internet Archive. (27.1 MiB, PDF, 399 pages)


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2021-10-02

pirates by Silent Johnny (rock song in MP3)

Fans of pirates and rock/punk music will love 'pirates' by the Silent Johnny band. The drum playing is insane! The 2008 recording was made available by Jamendo Music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. Some remastering was done by Marine Café Blog. (6.5 MiB, MP3, 3:58 minutes)


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2021-10-02

‘Dead Horse’ aka ‘Poor Old Man’ (shanty in MP3)

'Dead Horse' (also known as 'Poor Old Man') is a ceremonial shanty sung at the end of a sailor's first month at sea. It was to celebrate the end of the sailor's debt to the ship, when he started working for himself. This song is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1939 recording from the US Library of Congress. It features the unaccompanied vocals of Alex Barr, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur. Sidney Robertson Cowell, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (4.8 MiB, MP3, 3:25 minutes) In a Library of Congress blog article, Stephen Winick says about this shanty: "The “Dead Horse” shanty refers to a particular tradition among sailors relating to the advance they typically drew on their wages. Usually, a sailor went to sea after his credit ran out ashore, so he used an advance on his wages to pay his creditor, who was usually the boarding house master where he lived. Because of this, for the first one to three months of his voyage he was just working off his debt—which was known as “paying for a dead horse.” CLICK HERE to read 'A Deep Dive Into Sea Shanties'.


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2021-09-30

Drunken Sailor by the Jolly Tunesmiths (Irish dance music in MP3)

This version of the popular shanty 'Drunken Sailor' is set to the music of a traditional Irish folk dance. It was recorded in 1947 under the Standard label of the defunct Standard Phono Corp, New York. The digitised recording was published on the Internet Archive and remastered by Marine Café to improve the sound quality. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:41 minutes)


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2021-09-29

The Banana Boat Song by Shirley Bassey (traditional Jamaican song in MP3)

Welsh singer Shirley Bassey (born 1937) was 20 years old when she recorded 'The Banana Boat Song' in 1957 together with Wally Scott's orchestra and chorus. It became her first hit. The song, written by Alan Arkin, Bob Carey and Erik Darling, is an adaptation of the traditional Jamaican song made popular by Harry Belafonte. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised vynyl record published on the Internet Archive. (5.1 MiB, MP3, 2:40 minutes)


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2021-09-28

A Sailboat in the Moonlight by Billie Holiday (romantic song in MP3)

'A Sailboat in the Moonlight" was recorded in 1937 by American jazz singer Billie Holiday (born 7 April 1915, Philadelphia — died 17 July 1959, New York City). In its obituary, The New York Times noted: "Miss Holiday set a pattern during her most fruitful years that has proved more influential than that of almost any other jazz singer, except the two who inspired her, Louis Armstrong and the late Bessie Smith." This is a remaster of the original recording. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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2021-09-27

A Mainsail Haul by John Masefield (PDF format)

'A Mainsail Haul' is a collection of 16 sea-related stories by John Masefield, an English writer and UK Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1967. First published in 1905, the book demonstrates Masefield's ability to tell a good yarn. Excerpt: "Gradually, however, the peace in my heart gave way to an eating melancholy, and I felt a sadness, such as has come to me but twice in my life. With the sadness there came a horror of the water and of the skies, till my presence in that ship, under the ghastly corpse-light of the moon, among that sea, was a terror to me past power of words to tell." This PDF file is courtesy of the Cornell University Library and was digitised by the Internet Archive. (2.6 MiB, PDF, 195 pages) Click here for the EPUB version of 'A Mainsail Haul'.


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2021-09-27

A Mainsail Haul by John Masefield (EPUB format for smartphones and tablets)

'A Mainsail Haul' is a collection of 16 sea-related stories by John Masefield, an English writer and UK Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1967. First published in 1905, the book demonstrates Masefield's ability to tell a good yarn. Excerpt: "Gradually, however, the peace in my heart gave way to an eating melancholy, and I felt a sadness, such as has come to me but twice in my life. With the sadness there came a horror of the water and of the skies, till my presence in that ship, under the ghastly corpse-light of the moon, among that sea, was a terror to me past power of words to tell." (364 KiB, EPUB)


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2021-09-26

The Wellerman ringtone (instrumental, MP3)

This is a remastered cut from the intrumental version of the famous whaling song 'The Wellerman' by Alexander Nakarada of Norway. Free to download and share under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. (685 KiB, MP3, 18 seconds)


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2021-09-28

The Song of the Volga Boatmen by Pawel Prokopieni (traditional Russian folk song in MP3)

'The Song of the Volga Boatmen' features the vocals of Polish bass-baritone opera singer Pawel Prokopieni (1910-1976) with Russian Ivan Basilevsky at the piano. The song (‘Eh, Ukhnem!’ to the Russians or ‘Yo, Heave Ho!’) pays tribute to the Volga River and the men who pulled barges against its current. This undated recording was made available via the Internet Archive by the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco. Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). . (3 MiB, MP3, 3:32 minutes) Check out the Marine Café Blog article 'The Song of the Volga Boatmen: Hail to the human spirit' .  


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2021-09-18

The Sailor’s Word-Book by W.H. Smith and Sir Edward Belcher (nautical dictionary)

Published in 1867, 'The Sailor's Word-Book' contains a plethora of nautical terms that altogether provide a vivid picture of the old world of shipping. Many of the terms have become obsolete, but some are still in use today. At any rate, this book is a valuable resource for nautical writers, maritime researchers and anyone who has a deep interest in the history of shipping and seafaring. (4.3 MiB, PDF, 1,094 pages)


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2021-09-17

The Death of Nelson by Hazel Askew (traditional song in MP3)

'The Death of Nelson' is about the death of British naval hero Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805. It features the vocals of 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. (2.3 MiB, MP3, 1:47 minutes) Read about the exemplary life and career of Horatio Nelson here.


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2021-09-14

Three Galleons (pop song with choir and orchestra)

'Three Galleons' is about Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to the Americas. It was recorded in 1955 by English conductor Johnny Douglas and his choir and orchestra. The song's title refers to the three ships of Columbus: the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria. Technically, the flagship Santa Maria was a carrack and the other two ships were smaller caravels. This audio file is from the Internet Archive, remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320kbps. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 2:20 minutes)


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2021-09-12

An Introduction to English Sea Songs and Shanties (pamphlet)

"An Introduction to English Sea Songs and Shanties" by David Atkinson was produced for the British Council by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The pamphlet contains useful information about English shanties and sea ballads and seafaring customs and beliefs. Also provided are the lyrics of 15 songs, including the very popular 'Blow the Man Down', 'Hanging Johnny' and 'Lowlands'. (1 MiB, PDF, 34 pages) NOTE: Copyright © British Council and English Folk Dance and Song Society 2016. You are allowed to make copies of this material for non-commercial educational purposes. Permission must be sought from EFDSS for any other use of this material.


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2021-09-09

When That Great Ship Went Down (folk song in MP3)

'When That Great Ship Went Down'  is about the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15th April 1912. The song features William and Versey Smith, an American husband and wife duo who specialised in blues and gospel music. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the Smiths' 1927 recording. (4.7 MiB, MP3, 2:57 minutes) See also 'Titanic' by American singer–musician Roger McGuinn.


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2021-09-07

Marine Art in Australia (newsletter, issue 2012 No. 63)

The 'Marine Art in Australia'  newsletter opens a window to the world of contemporary Australian marine art. It is published by the Australian Society of Marine Artists. This back issue from 2012 (No. 63) is one of only two issues available in the internet in PDF format (2.8 MiB, PDF, 23 pages) See also Marine Art in Australia (newsletter, issue 2014 No. 64)


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2021-09-05

Tide Rising by Myndra (instrumental music in MP3)

'Tide Rising' is a beautiful composition that captures the poetry of the rising tide. It was performed by Myndra, an Icelandic/Canadian trio active in 2014. The members were Linus Lárpera (vocals, guitars), Raziel C (violin, viola, piano), and Antoine Letberg (drums, percussion, clarinet, keyboards, synths, vocals). This recording was made available on the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence . (8.4 MiB, MP3, 4:57 minutes)


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2021-09-03

Across the Line by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society (traditional sea song in MP3)

'Across the Line' describes a sailor's life during the age of wooden ships. It features the vocals of the Wellington Sea Shanty Society, a talented musical group from New Zealand. The song's title "Across the Line" refers to the equator (old or experienced sailors who have "crossed the line" are called 'shellbacks').The recording was made available on the Free Music Archive by W.S.S.S. under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States licence . It has been remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a constant 320Kbps. (7.9 MiB, MP3, 3:27 minutes)


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2021-08-30

Back to Sea by Roger McGuinn (original song in MP3)

A painting by French marine artist Roger Chapelet inspired American singer Roger McGuinn to compose 'Back to Sea'. The song is about the life of sailors as they travel around the world. It ends with the beautiful verse: "Pray that we ride a faithful tide/ Our topsail’s blowing free/ We’ll say hello to them Liverpool gals/ ‘Fore we head back to sea." The 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 . (4.3 MiB, MP3, 2:44 minutes)


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2021-08-30

Bow Mariner disaster: Final investigation report of the United States Coast Guard

The USCG 2005 investigation report is very interesting as it describes the shipboard culture on the chemical tanker Bow Mariner, which exploded and sank on 28th February 2004 in the Atlantic Ocean. The USCG could not determine if this culture contributed to the accident, but its findings are eye-popping. It noted that there was "a lack of cohesiveness between the three Greek officers and the Filipino crew"; that the Filipino officers "did not eat in the officers' mess and were given only menial tasking"; and that several survivors reported that the Greeks "treated them with disrespect and were constantly threatening them with being fired."  Able Seaman Ronquillo stated that orders from the Greeks were like 'words from God.’ (2.6 MiB, PDF, 56 pages)


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2021-08-25

Blow, Ye Winds (song from the whaling era, remastered, MP3)

'Blow, Ye Winds" by unidentified performers is about the travails of whaling sailors in the 19th century -- from the dangers of whale hunting to predators on land ("land sharks" and boarding house thieves). This 1962 recording is from the University of Illinois 78rpm Collection on the Internet Archive. It has been remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.3 MiB, MP3, 1:27 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Blow, Ye Winds' (the Pete Seeger version)


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2021-08-23

The Music of the Waters by Laura Alexandrine Smith (book about sea songs)

Pubished in 1888, 'The Music of the Waters' by English musicologist Laura Alexandrine Smith (1861–1902) is believed to be the first book to include the tunes of sea shanties and ballads with their lyrics. Scottish writer R.M. Ballantine noted in the Introductory Note:"With the courage of an original investigator, our authoress has ventured to 'beard the lion in his den.' She has personally gone straight to the 'fo'c'sle,' and interviewed the sailors not only of her own but of other lands, and thus has gathered from the men's own lips, and from their manly voices, the words and melodies which are most popular among them" (7.9 MiB, PDF, 393 pages)


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2021-08-21

Titanic by Roger McGuinn (folk song in MP3)

'Titanic' features the music and vocals of American singer Roger McGuinn, who wrote the lyrics based on the old folk song 'When That Great Ship Went Down'.Mr McGuinn has made this recording available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . It is part of his Folk Den project. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes)


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2021-08-19

The Water Music, Suite VI – Allegro Deciso by Georg Friedrich Händel (MP3)

'The Water Music' is a collection of orchestral movements by the German Baroque composer George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). This track is from the 1959 album 'The Royal Fireworks Suite / The Water Music Suite' featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. It is courtesy of Joygen Odiongan on the Internet Archive, with some remastering by Marine Café Blog. (5.8 MiB, MP3, 3:14 minutes) See also the Marine Café Blog post, 'The wonder of water: A celebration in song and art' .


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2021-08-16

Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis — Summary for Policymakers

This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents key findings of the Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). With some telling graphs, it recaps the current state of the climate, including how it is changing and the role of human influence; the state of knowledge about possible climate futures; climate information relevant to regions and sectors; and how human-induced climate change can be limited. (5.9 MiB, PDF, 42 pages)  


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2021-08-15

IPCC press release on latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, 9 August 2021

The full text of the IPCC press release is headlined 'Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying'. It warns that global temperature averaged over the next 20 years is expected to reach or exceed 1.5 degrees celsius. Examples of foreseen changes are listed, including "more intense rainfall and flooding" and "contined sea level rise throughout the 21st century". (148 KiB, PDF, 6 pages)


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2021-08-15

Ship Ahoy Polka (vintage recording in MP3)

Recorded in 1949, 'Ship Ahoy Polka' is a merry song featuring the Merrie Musette Orchestra with vocal refrain by The Continental Capers. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (5.2 MiB, MP3, 2:21 minutes) See also 'Sailormen' by John Charles Thomas, another vintage song in MP3.


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2021-08-15

Leave Her, Johnny by the King’s Point Glee Club (shanty, MP3)

The call and response in this version of 'Leave Her, Johnny' are notable for their clarity and vigour. The shanty was performed by the King's Point Glee Club of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the undated recording published by Joygen Odiongan in the Internet Archive.(1.7 MiB, MP3, 46 seconds) See also 'Leave Her, Johnny' by American singer-musician Roger McGuinn.


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2021-08-12

What’ll We Do with the Drunken Sailor by The Norman Luboff Choir (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this popular shanty by The Norman Luboff Choir conducted by Norman Luboff (1917–1987), a noted American music arranger and choir director. 'What'll We Do with the Drunken Sailor' was included in the group's 1959 album Songs of the British Isles. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised track published in the Internet Archive.(3.8 MiB, MP3, 1:46 minutes)


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2021-08-12

Cantares de Marinero by Alfredo González Vilela (sea song in MP3)

Sea songs in Spanish have a certain flavour that make them a delight to listen to. 'Cantares de Marinero' (Sailor songs) features the vocals and guitar music of Galician singer-songwriter Alfredo González Vilela (born 1951). This recording from 2009 is courtesy of Jamendo Music and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. The audio quality was further enhanced by Marine Café Blog to play at 320 kbps. (5.9 MiB, MP3, 2:44 minutes)


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2021-08-11

The Banana Boat Song by The Tarriers (Jamaican dock workers’ song, MP3)

'The Banana Boat Song' by The Tarriers, an American vocal group, immediately became a hit when it was released in 1956. An adaptation of Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat' (Day-o), the song was written by Alan Arkin, Bob Carey and Erik Darling. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the original 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:58 minutes)


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2022-06-18

The Wellerman by Alexander Nakarada (instrumental version in MP3)

This is arguably the best instrumental version of the popular song 'Wellerman' (also called 'Soon May the Wellerman Come'). It is by Alexander Nakarada, a gifted musician from Norway. Nakarada released the recording in 2017, long before the whaling song went viral on Tiktok and other video/music sharing platforms. Nakarada has made it available to the general public under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. (2.6 MiB, MP3, 1:56 minutes)


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2021-08-04

Ship Ahoy by Rose Marie (vintage pop song in MP3)

'Ship Ahoy' is a light, wholesome song about the romantic relationship between a small town girl and a sailor named Jose. It was recorded in 1952 by actress-singer Rose Marie (born Rose Marie Mazzetta,1923–2017). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (3.8 Mib, MP3, 2:25 minutes)


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2021-08-02

Haul Away Joe by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

The popular shanty 'Haul Away Joe' gets a special musical treatment from American singer-musician Roger McGuinn. This recording is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project, He has kindly made it available for shanty lovers to enjoy under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence .(2.4 MiB, MP3, 3:30 minutes)


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2021-08-01

The Banana Boat Song by The Fontane Sisters (traditional Jamaican song in MP3)

'The Banana Boat Song' (Day-o) by The Fontane Sisters is a delightful adaptation of the traditional Jamaican song immortalised by Harry Belafonte. The Fontane Sisters were a trio from New Milford, New Jersey, made up of Bea,Geri and Marge Rosse. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1957 recording published in the Internet Archive. (3.6 MiB, MP3, 2:15 minutes) See also Sarah Vaughan's version of 'The Banana Boat Song'.  


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2021-07-31

Lowlands (Away) by Leonard Warren (remaster, MP3)

'Lowlands (Away)' is considered by many as a sea shanty but some believe that it is a ballad. In the song, a dead lover comes to a sailor in a dream during a voyage to the "lowlands". This version features the powerful vocals of American operatic baritone singer Leonard Warren with orchestra conducted by Morris Levine. It is a remaster of the 1948 recording. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 3:19 minutes)


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2021-07-29

El Marinero (The Sailor) ringtone for iPhones

Spice up your smartphone with some Dominican merengue music. This ringtone is a cut from 'El Marinero', a song that features the music of Ricardo Rico and his Los Tipicos Dominicanos band and the vocals of Florinda Sanchez. (355 KiB, m4r, 22 seconds) Get the version for Android phones here.


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2021-07-29

El Marinero (The Sailor) ringtone for Android phones

Spice up your smartphone with some Dominican merengue music. This ringtone is a cut from 'El Marinero', a song that features the music of Ricardo Rico and his Los Tipicos Dominicanos band and the vocals of Florinda Sanchez. (659 KiB, MP3, 22 seconds) Get the iPhone version here.


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2021-07-28

The Weary Whaling Grounds by Roger McGuinn (traditional song about whalers)

'The Weary Whaling Grounds' is about the horrible shipboard conditions and low pay that 19th-century whaling ship crews had to endure while hunting for whales in Greenland. American singer-musician Roger McGuinn recorded the song as part of his Folk Den project. He has made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (2.7 MiB, MP3, 2:23 minutes) Click here for the lyrics of the song with some historical notes.


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2021-07-27

Still Sailor by The Inventors (Indie-Rock song)

'Still Sailor' will appeal to those who love the sea and rock music. This Indie-Rock song was released in 2018 and features the Chicago rock band, The Inventors (Joe Mango - drums/vocals; Ray Skamay - guitar/backing vocals). It was made available on the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States licence. (6.6 MiB, MP3, 3:11 minutes)


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2021-07-23

Pirate Song by Reinald Werrenrath (classic song in MP3)

'Pirate Song' was written by American composer Henry F. Gilbert (1868–1928), who adopted words from Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, Treasure Island. It features the rich vocals of American baritone opera singer Reinald Werrenrath (1883–1953). The recording is from1925 under the Victrola label. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 2:05 minutes) See also 'Pirate Song' by David S. Bispham.


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2021-07-22

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (classic adventure novel, PDF)

'Treasure Island' by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) is not only an adventure tale. It is also, notes Cathy Lowne in a Britannica article, "an enduring coming-of-age story as Jim (the main character) both navigates life-and-death situations and encounters moral lessons." This 1911 edition of the novel is courtesy of Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura (BEIC, "European library of information and culture"). (14.1 MiB, PDF, 310 pages)


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2021-07-21

Philippines Seafarer Statistics 2016-2020

'Philippines Seafarer Statistics 2016-2020' contains 11 year-by-year statistical tables — from the no. of seamen's books issued to the no. of Filipino seafarers deployed by vessel type. The tables were taken as originally formatted from the Maritime Industry Authority's Statistical Report 2016-2020. Cover design by Marine Café Blog. (428.5 KiB, PDF, 13 pages)


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2021-07-19

Bring Back My Bonnie to Me by Alma Gluck (in honour of those who fought in World War I)

This is a beautiful rendition of 'Bring Back My Bonnie to Me', a traditional Scottish folk song. It features the vocals of Romanian-born American soprano Alma Gluck (1884 – 1938). The song was recorded in 1919 following the end of World War I (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 3 minutes)


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2021-07-18

The surf and the cliff (exquisite sea music in MP3)

'The surf and the cliff' evokes images of the sea and the majestic cliffs that inspired Claude Monet's paintings of Étretat. It was composed and performed by electronic music artist David Bayon, part of his album EN LA MAR - IN THE SEA. The recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music. It is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (8.8 MiB, MP3, 5:50 minutes)


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2021-07-16

Lighthouse by Alice Mackay and Benfay (contemporary song in MP3)

'Lighthouse' is a beautiful song for all those who love lighthouses and the sea. It features the vocals of Irish singer Alice Mackay and the electronic music of Benjamin Fay (Benfay) of Switzerland. This song is courtesy of the netlabel Thinner via the Internet Archive. It may be copied for private, non-commercial use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence. (11.2 MiB, MP3, 8:08 minutes) See also 'Lighthouse' by Rusty Draper with the Jack Halloran Singers.


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2021-07-16

SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY (song in MP3)

'SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY' is about the stereotyical sailor who seeks out the girls when he comes on shore after a dreary time at sea. It features the delightful vocals of Jeroy Trio and The Highlanders singers. The original 78rpm record under the Spiro Records label was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:36 minutes) See also 'Sailormen' by John Charles Thomas, anoher vintage song in MP3.


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2021-07-13

Claude Monet by R.J. Hughes (illustrated monograph)

This illustrated monograph about the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was written by American art educator Rebekah Hughes (known as "R.J. Hughes" in the publishing world) of Drawingdemystified.com. Ms. Hughes has packed essential information about the life and art of Claude Monet that is easy and delightful to read. She has included a short aricle about Blanche Hoschedé Monet (1865–1947), a French painter who was Claude Monet's stepdaughter. (2.6 MiB, PDF, 11 pages)


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2021-07-13

Captain Cook by Walter Besant

'Captain Cook' is an excellent book about the life and voyages of Captain James Cook (1728–1779, the great 18th-century explorer (CLICK HERE for more about him). It was written by the English novelist and historian, Sir Walter Besant (1836–1901). This edition was published in 1894. (4 MiB, PDF, 198 pages)


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2021-07-13

AGUA by Alfredo Gonzalez Vilela (song in MP3)

In 'AGUA', Galician singer-songwriter Alfredo González Vilela pays tribute to water, a precious resource most people take for granted. This 2009 recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music . It is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:47 minutes) Click here for the song lyrics in Spanish and English.


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2022-08-30

Ferdinand Magellan by E.F. Benson

'Ferdinand Magellan' is an oustanding book about the great Portuguese explorer. It was written by E.F. Benson (1867 – 1940), a British writer of fiction, reminiscences, and biographies. In his preface, the author underscores Magellan's place in history: "He was the first person in the world who demonstrated not by theory, but in terms of ships actually sailing on the sea, that this world is round (or thereabouts), and that by sailing out beyond the known ultimate of the West, a voyager will arrive at the known ultimate of the East." This book is from the library of York University in Canada and was digitised by the Internet Archive.(15 MiB, PDF, 282 pages)


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2021-07-08

Safe Harbor by Ed Askew (sailor’s song about love, MP3)

'Safe Harbor' is about a seafarer returning from the sea and finding safe harbour in his love. New York-based singer Ed Crane Askew performs the song with tenderness without sounding overly sentimental. Askew has made this recording available via the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License. (8.3 MiB, MP3, 4:33 minutes)


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2021-07-07

Alfred Wallis: Ships and Boats (monograph)

This illustrated, 9-page monograph contains nuggets of information about the art and life of the Cornish fisherman and artist, Alfred Wallis (1855 – 1942). Published by Kettle's Yard art gallery, University of Cambridge, it was distributed at the 'Alfred Wallis: Ships and Boats' exhibit (7 April – 8 July 2012) as a teaching resource for educators and their students. (938 KiB, PDF, 9 pages) Learn more about Alfred Wallis' art in 'Windjammers and steamers: Alfred Wallis’ delightful art'.


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2021-07-06

Ship Shape (orchestral and acoustic music in MP3)

'Ship Shape' is an exhilarating piece of orchestral and acoustic music. It evokes images of the sea, sailing ships and cathedrals. The recording is courtesy of Jazzaria.com, which has not provided details as to the composer and performers. IMPORTANT: This is royalty-free music that can be redistributed. However, your usage.must be non-commercial and preserve the original work, and you must credit Jazzaria as your source. (6.3 MiB, MP3, 3:46 minutes)


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2021-07-04

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (poetry reading in MP3)

'The New Colossus' is a sonnet about the Statue of Liberty and America's welcoming spirit toward the poor and oppressed who seek refuge and freedom. It was written by the American Jewish poet and activist, Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1870). The poem of 14 lines was read by Barbara Baker for Librivox. Perhaps the most poignant and certainly the most quoted line reads: “Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." (1 MiB, MP3, 1:14 minutes) See the full text of the poem and some old photos of the Statue of Liberty here.


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2021-07-03

The Beach by Yusuke Tsutsumi (nautical music in MP3)

'The Beach' will captivate you with its beautiful tapestry of tones and emotions. It was written and performed by Yusuke Tsutsumi, a young musician (born in 1991) who began composing when he was 14 years old. 'The Beach' can be categorised as ambient/ experimental music. Mr. Tsutumi has made the recording available via the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) licence . (12 MiB, MP3, 5:13 minutes)


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2021-07-02

A-Roving by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

'A-Roving' is a capstan song about a sailor's tryst with a woman in Amsterdam who was "mistress of her trade'. The refrain "I’ll go no more a-roving with thee, fair maid" suggests that the adventurous chap contracted some disease as a result of the one-night stand. Click here for the lyrics and some notes about the song. This recording is part of the Folk Den project of American musician Roger McGuinn, who made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (3.6 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes)


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2021-06-30

Wellerman (ringtone in MP3 for Android phones))

This ringtone is a cut from the whaling song 'Wellerman' which went viral on TikTok and other social networking platforms. As a backgrounder, 'Wellerman' 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. (593 KiB, MP3, 21 seconds) See also 'Wellerman' by Nathan Evans (full version).


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2021-06-29

Cape Cod by George Santayana (poem, oral reading in MP3)

'Cape Cod' was written by George Santayana (1863 – 1952), a Spanish-American philosopher, poet and humanist. In the poem, the narrator describes his deep sense of isolation as he is stranded on a beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His thoughts eventually turn to the universal human condition. This audio recording is courtesy of Librivox. (3.4 MiB, MP3, 1:56 minutes) Click here to learn more about the poet.


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2021-06-28

Venetian Boat Song Op. 19 No. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn (piano music, MP3)

German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) was enamoured with Venice. His first impressions of the city and its gondolas inpired him to compose 'Venetian Boat Song Op. 19 No. 6' for piano. This recording by an unidentified pianist is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the audio published by Netfocus Universal – Sweden on the Internet Archive. (6.5 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) Read about Mendelssohn's love affair with Venetian gondolas here.


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2021-06-27

Venice Aqua by Alvaro M. Rocha (poetic instrumental music in MP3)

'Venice Aqua' will make you feel that you're in Venice on a gondola. It was created and performed by Alvaro M. Rocha (stage name: AMR), a musician and audio engineer from Lisbon, Portugal. The piano playing interwoven with string and electronic ambient music can be rightly described as poetic. Rocha has made this recording available via the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Portugal licence. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 4:37 minutes)


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2021-06-26

Blow the Man Down (sea shanty, ringtone for iPhone)

This is a wonderful ringtone for shanty-loving iPhone users. It is the intro to 'Blow the Man Down' recorded in 1941 by the legendary American folk singer Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967). (253 KiB, m4r, 15 seconds) Click here to get the ringtone version for Android phones (MP3 format). You might also like American folk singer Roger McGuinn's version of 'Blow the Man Down'. Click here to play and download the complete shanty.


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2021-06-25

Golden Vanity by Roger McGuinn (traditional sea ballad in MP3)

This song is about a cabin boy on the ship Golden Vanity who swims alongside an enemy ship and sinks it. He undertook the mission after being promised the hand of the captain's daughter. Not wanting to see his daughter get married, the captain breaks his promise and refuses to let the lad return to the ship. The boy is saved from drowning by his shipmates but dies on the deck. American folk singer Roger McGuinn has kindly made the recording available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (4.5 MiB, MP3, 2:34 minutes)


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2021-07-13

Si Mi Voz Muriera en Tierra (Spanish sea song in MP3)

'Si Mi Voz Muriera en Tierra' (If My Voice Dies on Land) is a song in Spanish that is remarkable for its poignant lyrics and haunting melody. It features the vocals of Galician singer-songwriter Alfredo González Vilela (born 1951), who sang it to the text of a poem by the highly acclaimed Spanish poet, Rafael Alberti (1902 – 1999). This recording was provided by Jamendo Music and is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. ((3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:14 minutes) CLICK HERE for the original Spanish text of Rafael Alberti's poem with Englsh translation.


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2021-06-22

Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold (oral reading in MP3)

'Dover Beach' is a lyric poem by English Victorian poet Matthew Arnold (1822 – 1888). It was read for Librivox by Squid Varilekova. Encyclopedia Britannica calls Arnold's poem "the most celebrated of the author’s works', noting that it "addresses the decline of religious faith in the modern world and offers the fidelity of affection as its successor." (1.6 MiB, MP3, 1:58 minutes)


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2021-06-21

Shenandoah by the U.S. Air Force Band (traditional folk song, MP3)

This is a breathtaking performance of the American folk song 'Shenandoah'. Recorded in 2017, it features the music and vocals of the United States Air Force Band. Click here for the origins and lyrics of the song. (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:08 minutes) See also Harry Belafonte's version of Shenandoah'.


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2021-06-20

The Rattling Bones of Gill McGee by The Black Bones (pirate song in MP3)

'The Rattling Bones of Gill McGee' literally rocks.This pirate song is by The Black Bones, a talented rock band from Vienna, Austria. The group has kindly shared it via the Free Music Archive under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. (6.7 MiB, MP3, 3:55 minutes) See also 'Captain Blood' by The Black Bones.


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2021-07-13

El Marinero (Dominican merengue song, MP3)

'El Marinero' (The Sailor) exemplifies the beauty and liveliness of merengue, a type of music that originated in the Dominican Republic. Recorded in 1955, the song features the music of Ricardo Rico, merengue composer and orchestra leader, with his Los Tipicos Dominicanos band and the vocals of Florinda Sanchez. The digitised 78rpm recording is from the Internet Archive, with some remastering by Marine Café Blog to enhance the sound quality. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes)


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2021-07-13

El Mar, el Cielo y Tú (romantic instrumental music, MP3)

'El Mar, el Cielo y Tú' (The Sea, the Sky and You) features the music of Agustín Lara and his Orchestra. Señor Lara (1900 – 1970) was a Mexican composer of popular songs who was well known in Latin America and Spain. This digitised copy of the 78rpm record from the 1950s is courtesy of the Internet Archive. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 3:22 minutes) See also the Spanish love song 'Prisionero del Mar' (Prisoner of the Sea).


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2021-06-18

As I Sailed by Howard Mitchell and Ed Trickett (traditional ballad, MP3)

'As I Sailed' is a traditional folk song about Captain William Kidd, a Scottish sea captain who was tried and executed in London in 1701 for murder and piracy. The performers are noted American folk singers Howard Mitchell and Ed Trickett. The recording is from 1962 and was made available in the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) licence . (7.5 MiB, MP3, 5:03 minutes)


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2021-06-17

Haul Away Joe by Leonard Warren (shanty, MP3)

This is a dramatic version of 'Haul Away Joe', a popular short-drag shanty that has many variations in lyrics and musical arrangement. It was recorded in 1948 by American opera singer Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra conducted by Maurice Levine and chorus. The audio file is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.6 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) See also the version of 'Haul Away Joe' by American folk singer Howie Mitchell.


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2021-06-16

Lighthouse by Ray Morton (ambient music in MP3)

'Lighthouse' by Ray Morton is a fine example of ambient music. The rich tapestry of sounds will transport you to the world of the lighthouse and the sea. This recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (6.4 MiB, MP3, 3:44 minutes) You might also like 'Lighthouse' by Rusty Draper and the Jack Halloran Singers.


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2021-06-14

Sloop John B by Pete Seeger (folk song in MP3)

'Sloop John B' is a traditional folk song from the Bahamas, in particular its capital, Nassau. It was performed by American folk singer Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014) in 1966 on the television programme Rainbow Quest. This recording is courtesy of Internet Archive member Karl Blumenthal. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 2:52 minutes)


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2021-06-12

Blue Danube (waltz music ringtone, MP3)

A beautiful ringtone for your beloved smartphone. This is a cut from Johann Strauss, Jr.'s famous waltz composition 'The Blue Danube' recorded by Bob Stanley and Orchestra in 1944. (457.9 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds) See also 'The Blue Danube' by the Vienna Philharmonic (full version).


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2021-06-12

Lighthouse Song (easy listening pop music, MP3)

'Lighthouse Song' is a charming song about a lighthouse keeper's love story. It was recorded in 1951 by Burt Taylor with Percy Faith and his Orchestra. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 2:43 minutes)


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2021-06-12

The Blue Danube by the Vienna Philharmonic (waltz music, MP3)

'The Blue Danube' was composed by Johann Strauss, Jr. in 1866 and is still the most beautiful waltz ever. It celebrates the joy of life and the majesty of the Danube, the second longest river in Europe after the Volga. This recording from 1934 features the great Vienna Philharmonic with Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell. It was provided by Internet Archive member Schwenk under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence. (12.2 MiB, MP3, 8:54 minutes) Read the interesting article, 'The Story Behind The Blue Danube'. CLICK HERE for a ringtone of 'The Blue Danube' in MP3 format.


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2021-10-16

Ol’ Man River by Paul Robeson (remastered 1936 recording, MP3)

Ol' Man River' is a song from the 1927 American musical Show Boat about the toil and tribulation of African-Americans set against the backdrop of the Mississippi River. The narrative is told from the point of view of a black stevedore on a showboat, a floating theatre that travelled along the Mississippi (the "ol' man river") This version was performed by the baritone singer Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976), who was also a lawyer and civil rights activist. It is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1936 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.3 MiB, MP3, 2:31 minutes) Read ‘Ol Man River and the pain of being black in America, a review of the song.


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2022-04-07

Anchors Aweigh by the Victor Military Band and The Four Clubmen (remastered 1942 recording, MP3)

Perk up your day with this version of the classic naval song, 'Anchors Aweigh'. It was performed by the Victor Military Band and The Four Clubmen as part of the 1942 Songs of the Service album. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm track published in the Internet Archive. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 2:12 minutes). See also 'Anchors Aweigh' by Phil Spitalny.


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2021-06-04

What will We Do with a Drunken Sailor? by the Irish Rovers (shanty, for iPhones)

This is one of the most popular versions of 'What will We Do with a Drunken Sailor?' ('Drunken Sailor' for short). It is by The Irish Rovers, a group of Irish musicians formed in 1963 and renamed The Rovers in the 1980s. The audio file is in a format for use on iPhones (1.3 MiB, m4r, 2:38 minutes)


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2021-06-03

‘Surfin’ USA’ by Christopher John Stephens (MP3)

This is an interesting adaptation of 'Surfin' USA', the 1963 hit song of the American rock band, The Beach Boys. The performer is Christopher John Stephens, an American writer and musician. His version has the laid-back atmosphere of the tropics. This recording, believed to be from 2015, has been publicly shared by Stephens via the Internet Archive. (3.1 MiB, MP3, 3:20 minutes)


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2021-06-01

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (ringtone with vocals, MP3)

This delightful ringtone features the vocals of Allen Swift (1924–2010), an American voice actor best known for voicing cartoon characters. It is a cut from 'I'm Popeye the Sailor Man' provided by the Internet Archive. The song was included in the 1957 78rpm Official Popeye TV Album. (839 KiB, MP3, 24 seconds)


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2021-07-23

Pirate Song by David S. Bispham (song composed by Henry F. Gilbert, MP3)

'Pirate Song" is the most famous work of American composer Henry F. Gilbert ((1868–1928). First published in 1902, it adopts words from Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' with additional stanzas by Alice H. Hyde. According to the Song of America website, the song "was immensely popular and was even performed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House." This 1911 recording features the voice of American operatic baritone David Scull Bispham (1857–1921). (3.7 MiB, MP3, 2:01 minutes)


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2021-05-29

Day-o (Banana Boat) by the Grateful Dead (traditional Jamaican song in MP3

Sheer calypso energy in this version of 'Day-o' (also known as 'Banana Boat'). The song was performed live in 1987 at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena by the Grateful Dead, an American rock band active from 1965 to 1995. The recording is courtesy of Jonathan Aizen, who shared it via the Internet Archive. (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes) Harry Belafonte's classic rendition of the song, which was recorded in 1955, can be played and downloaded here.


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2021-05-28

Lorelei (Siren Singing) by Ned Pedersen (original song in MP3)

'Lorelei (Siren Singing)' was written, arranged and performed by Ned Pedersen, a singer-musician from Texas. The song is based on the popular German legend of Lorelei, a beautiful young woman who threw herself into the River Rhine in despair over a faithless lover. She was then transformed into a siren whose haunting music lured fishermen and sailors to their destruction. Pedersen has kindly shared this recording under an Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Creative Commons Licence. (5.7 MiB, MP3, 4:11 minutes)


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2021-05-27

Jonah and the Whale by Louis Armstrong (song in MP3)

Jazz immortal Louis Armstrong (1901 – 1971) performs 'Jonah and the Whale' with the Decca Mixed Chorus. They are accompanied by two pianos, guitar, string bass, and drums.The song is based on the biblical story of the prophet Jonah and was composed by Robert MacGimsey. The performance was recorded in 1938 with composer/conductor Lynn Murray directing. This is a remaster of the original recording. (4.6 MiB, MP3, 2:4o minutes)


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2021-05-28

Anchors Aweigh (ringtone for iPhones)

This naval ringtone will grab your attention and that of your friends and colleagues. It features the intro to 'Anchors Aweigh' performed by Phil Spitalny (1890 – 1970), a Ukrainian-American musician, composer, and bandleader. (490.6 KiB, m4r, 30 seconds) CLICK HERE to download the MP3 version for Android phones.


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2021-05-27

Anchors Aweigh (ringtone for Android phones, MP3)

This naval ringtone will grab your attention and that of your friends and colleagues. It features the intro to 'Anchors Aweigh' performed by Phil Spitalny (1890 – 1970), a Ukrainian-American musician, composer, and bandleader. (253 KiB, MP3, 30 seconds) CLICK HERE to download the iPhone version of this ringtone.  


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2022-07-02

Anchors Aweigh by Phil Spitalny (remastered 1930 recording, MP3)

'Anchors Aweigh' is the unofficial theme song of the United States Navy. It was composed in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmermann, an American composer of marches and popular music. The lyrics were written by American songwriter Alfred Hart Miles This remaster of a 1930 recording features the music of Phil Spitalny (1890 – 1970), a Ukrainian-American musician, composer, and bandleader. (1.2 MiB, MP3, 2:33 minutes) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2021-05-23

Sailormen by John Charles Thomas (vintage song in MP3)

'Sailormen' is a song from the 1930s about the hard life at sea. But it is light and entertaining, and the ending will make the listener smile. The singer is American baritone John Charles Thomas (1891 – 1960,) accompanied at the piano by American classical pianist Carroll Hollister. The words were written by Herb Roth with Jacques Wolfe as composer. This recording was digitised and restored from the 1934 vinyl record.  (3.1 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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2021-05-22

Port of Many Ships (song version of a John Masefield poem, MP3)

This is a splendid musical version of 'Port of Many Ships', a poem written by British Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878.– 1967). It was recorded in 1928 by American baritone concert singer Keith Falkner with a symphony orchestra. The recording is courtesy of the Internet Archive. Masefield's 'Port of Many Ships' is included in his 'Salt-Water Poems and Ballads'. CLICK HERE to download the book. (1.5 MiB, MP3. 1:55 minutes) See also 'Trade Winds', another John Masefield poem sung by Keith Falkner.


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2021-05-21

Trade Winds by Keith Falkner (song version of John Masefield’s poem in MP3)

English opera singer Sir Donald Keith Falkner (1900 –1994) delivers the goods in this 1928 recording of John Masefield's poem 'Trade Winds'. Falkner had an "extensive, warmly resonant bass-baritone voice and superb diction," the British newspaper The Independent noted in its 1994 obituary of the man. This recording is courtesy of the Internet Archive. For the full text of the poem 'Trade Winds', click here. (2.0 MiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes)


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2022-08-06

Salt-Water Poems and Ballads by John Masefield

'Salt-Water Poems and Ballads" features the sea poetry of John Masefield (1878.– 1967), Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until 1967. First published in 1916, the book contains a total of 44 poems, including the well-known 'Sea-Fever'. It is wonderfully illustrated with paintings and drawings by the British artist, Charles Pears (1873 – 1958).


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2021-05-22

South Australia by Roger McGuinn (sea shanty in MP3)

'South Australia' is a capstan shanty sung by the wool traders (and later the wheat traders) who worked the clipper ships between Australian ports and London. The performer is American musician Roger McGuinn, who says about 'South Australia': "This is well known as a farewell song, sung at the docks as the big ships were leaving. The men grew a sentimental attachment to the song and were even known to request a rousing chorus on their death beds, so that they could die happy." This recording is provided by McGuinn under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States licence (3.0 MiB, MP3, 3:15 minutes)


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2021-10-15

Prisionero del Mar (love song in Spanish, MP3)

"Prisionero del Mar" (Prisoner of the Sea) was recorded in 1942 by well-known Mexican singer Dora Luz (1918–2018). The words are passionate: "Voy a la playa tu amor a buscar,/ A la luz de la luna a cantar/ Mi desesperación." (I'm going to the beach to find your love,/ In the light of the moon to sing/ My despair.). And even sensual: "Quiero llegarte a tener,/ En un atardecer,/ De inquietud tropical" (I want to have you/ In a sunset/ Of tropical restlessness). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording from  the Internet Archive. (7.1 MiB, MP3, 3:13 minutes)


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2021-05-19

The Shanty Book by Richard Runciman Terry (Parts I and II in one PDF file)

'The Shanty Book' by Sir Richard Runciman Terry is a classic in the literature of sea shanties. A noted English organist, choirmaster and music scholar, Terry collected and annotated a total of 65 shanties for this Curwen Edition published in two volumes in 1926. The collection includes pianoforte accompaniments and interesting notes on the origins of the songs and their use at sea. Parts I and II of 'The Shanty Book' are courtesy of the UR Resarch at the University of Rochester in New York. For the reader's convenience, Marine Café Blog has merged them into a single PDF file. (11.7 MiB, PDF, 157 pages)


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2021-05-16

Bold Riley by Hazel Askew (traditional song in MP3)

'Bold Riley' is sung by London singer-musician Hazel Askew with such sweet tenderness that you'll want to hear it more than once. The song is about a woman having to cope with the pain of being separated from her sailor-husband. This recording is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and made available on Marine Café Blog for your private non-commerical use..The Society has published a pamphlet that provides the lyrics and additional information for 'Bold Riley' and the related song 'Adieu, sweet lovely Nancy'. Click here to download it. (4.5 MiB, MP3, 3:17 minutes)


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2021-05-18

A Sailor’s Life: Long Distance Love (pamphlet)

This pamphlet from the English Folk Dance and Song Society spotlights long distance love involving the sailors of yore with focus on two traditional songs -- 'Adieu, sweet lovely Nancy' and 'Bold Riley'. An excerpt: "For the wives of low ranking sailors, they lived difficult lives at home in Britain. The sailors were only paid once their ship returned to Britain. Therefore, the wives and children often had to find work to earn money for food and shelter. Sometimes the wives and children would even resort to begging in the streets" The English Folk Dance and Song Society has allowed the copying of this copyrighted material for non-commercial educational purposes. (736 KiB, PDF, 11 pages)


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2021-05-15

‘Leis a Lurrighan’ by Ceili Moss (traditional Scottish sea song in MP3)

This version of 'Leis a Lurrighan' is by Ceili Moss, a Belgian band who describe their music as "acoustic folk-rock with guts and melodies, with a Northern European edge, not afraid of colouring a bit outside of the lines" The song is about a frightful voyage by sailors on a stormy sea at night. The title translates to "with the Lurrighan" (presumably the name of the ship). Click here for the lyrics. This recording is made available by Ceili Moss under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 2:47 minutes)


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2021-05-09

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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2021-05-07

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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2022-04-24

The Seafarer by Ezra Pound (poetry reading in MP3)

This is a rare recording of American poet and critic Ezra Pound reading in 1939 at Harvard University his version of 'The Seafarer', an Anglo-Saxon poem. Click here to read the full text of the poem. It is being made available 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. (9.8 MiB, MP3, 7:08 minutes)  


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2021-05-04

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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2021-07-03

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 written by American singer-songwriter Jim Lowe (1923 – 2016). It 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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2021-04-29

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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2021-04-27

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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2021-04-25

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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2021-04-29

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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2021-04-24

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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2021-04-14

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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2021-04-10

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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2022-11-25

Wellerman by Nathan Evans, for iPhones

The popular whaling song 'Wellerman' by Nathan Evans is widely available in MP3 format. Marine Café Blog has converted it for the use of iPhone owners. (2.4 MiB, M4A, 2:33 minutes)  


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2022-03-25

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) Check out this informative article!: The Wellerman song: Putting the lyrics in context Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2021-03-17

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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2021-03-16

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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2021-12-17

The Constitution and Guerrière by Mordy Bauman (remastered, 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 recording from the Internet Archive was remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at 320kbps. (6.9 MiB, MP3, 3:05 minutes). Click here to learn more about the song and the battle between the Constitution and the Guerrière.


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2021-03-11

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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2021-02-28

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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2021-02-24

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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2021-02-23

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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2022-09-29

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 fishing. 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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2021-02-13

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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2022-02-14

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. (40.4 MiB, PDF, 610 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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2021-02-05

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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2021-02-02

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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2021-01-31

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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2021-01-30

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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2021-01-26

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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2021-01-24

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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2021-08-15

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. (5.2 MiB, MP3, 3:15 minutes) Click here to find out more about Feodor Chaliapin's life and musical career.


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2022-02-14

‘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'. Published in 1887, 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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2021-01-12

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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2021-08-07

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. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:21 minutes)


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2021-01-08

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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2021-01-06

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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2021-01-06

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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2021-01-04

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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2021-01-05

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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2020-12-31

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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2020-12-30

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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2020-12-30

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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2021-01-04

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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2020-12-23

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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2020-12-20

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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2020-12-19

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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2021-12-19

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

'I Saw Three Ships' is a traditional English Christmas carol that uses the "three ships" as a metaphor. 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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2020-12-17

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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2020-12-16

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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2020-12-15

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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2020-12-12

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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2020-12-09

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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2020-12-04

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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2020-12-02

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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2020-11-26

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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2021-08-19

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. (2.2 MiB, MP3, 1 minute) NOTE: The audio file was remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320 kbps.


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2020-11-20

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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2020-11-17

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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2021-06-20

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

A wonderful song for all pirate fans. 'Pirates of the Coast' by The 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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2021-06-20

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

'Drink Up Me Mateys'  by The Black Bones 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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2020-11-13

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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2020-11-12

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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2021-06-29

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. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 2:20 minutes)


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2021-10-11

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

'Captain Blood' is an exuberant pirate song by The Black Bones music band, part of their 2010 album, Pirates of the Coast. This recording was made available by The Black Bones under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. (8.9 MiB, MP3, 4:14 minutes)


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2020-11-07

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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2021-03-12

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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2020-11-07

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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2021-05-26

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-10-29

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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2021-05-27

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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2020-11-07

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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2021-08-02

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. (706 KiB, MP3, 26 seconds)


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2020-10-26

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2021-05-26

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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2020-12-29

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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2020-11-07

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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2021-12-23

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

'In a Storm at Sea" is a charming song about the importance of having faith. A ship is battered by a storm, and everyone on board fears for the worst except the captain's little daughter. She reminds her father that one must believe in God's benevolence at sea as well as on land. The weather eventually clears up the next day,, and the ship and its crew find safety in a harbour. This song was recorded in 1937 by Captain Pearl R. Nye (1872-1950). It 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) See 'Sea of Faith: Prayers for Mariners' by Barista Uno (free illustrated pamphlet of prayers).


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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

“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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2021-05-27

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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2021-06-26

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) Click here for the iPhone version of this ringtone.


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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2021-07-15

Columbus Day by Charles Hervey Townshend

'Columbus Day' throws light on the real origin of the name 'America'. Published in 1893, the paper was authored by Captain Charles H. Townshend (1833–1904), an American merchant ship officer. He boldly states: "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)


 1 file(s)  33 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and CultureDownload
2020-11-07

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.


 1 file(s)  138 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2020-11-07

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.


 1 file(s)  390 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2021-08-27

What Seafarers Should Know About Remittances

This free 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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2020-09-29

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)


 1 file(s)  52 downloadsCategory: Seafarers' Rights & Welfare, Seafaring and ManningDownload
2021-05-29

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)


 1 file(s)  32 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2021-05-29

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) Download the iPhone version here.


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2022-10-20

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)


 1 file(s)  34 downloadsCategory: Maritime Education and TrainingDownload
2022-02-25

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)


 1 file(s)  792 downloadsCategory: Maritime Education and Training, Maritime History and CultureDownload
2021-01-31

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-09-10

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)  


 1 file(s)  12 downloadsCategory: The Ocean & Marine LifeDownload
2020-09-02

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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2020-08-28

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)


 1 file(s)  13 downloadsCategory: The Ocean & Marine LifeDownload
2020-08-28

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)


 1 file(s)  9 downloadsCategory: HumanitarianismDownload
2022-07-24

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)


 1 file(s)  62 downloadsCategory: Literary Works, Seafaring and ManningDownload
2020-08-10

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)


 1 file(s)  10 downloadsCategory: HumanitarianismDownload
2021-06-28

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)


 1 file(s)  106 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2022-09-05

Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte: ringtone-1 (for Android phones)

This ringtone of Harry Belfonte singing his classic Banana Boat (Day-o) will surely delight you and others every time your phone rings. (668.6 KiB, MP3, 27 seconds) See also Belafonte's original recording of Banana Boat (Day-o) in MP3.  


 1 file(s)  2535 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2021-05-26

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)


 1 file(s)  1065 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2022-05-29

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


 1 file(s)  408 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and CultureDownload
2020-08-08

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)


 1 file(s)  26 downloadsCategory: The Ocean & Marine LifeDownload
2020-07-19

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)


 1 file(s)  11 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and Culture, TravelDownload
2022-05-01

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)


 1 file(s)  25 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and Culture, TravelDownload
2021-01-04

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'.


 1 file(s)  353 downloadsCategory: Literary Works, The Ocean & Marine LifeDownload
2022-02-24

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)


 1 file(s)  45 downloadsCategory: The Ocean & Marine LifeDownload
2020-07-08

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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2020-11-07

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)


 1 file(s)  17 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and Culture, Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2020-11-07

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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2022-08-30

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 deeper because we have become better acquainted with the reasons that have caused each of these developments." (13.6 MiB, PDF, 438 pages) See also E. Keble Chatterton's 'Ships & Ways of Other Days' .


 1 file(s)  362 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and CultureDownload
2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2021-10-19

Shenandoah by Roger McGuinn (traditional folk song in MP3)

This beloved American folk song is sung 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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2022-08-06

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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2020-11-07

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)


 1 file(s)  189 downloadsCategory: Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2020-11-07

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)


 1 file(s)  47 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and Culture, Maritime Songs & Sea ShantiesDownload
2020-06-11

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)


 1 file(s)  110 downloadsCategory: Literary WorksDownload
2020-06-15

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-06-13

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)


 1 file(s)  327 downloadsCategory: Maritime History and CultureDownload
2020-06-04

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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2021-01-11

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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2020-11-07

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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2022-02-17

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-05-25

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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2020-11-07

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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2022-08-06

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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2020-05-17

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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2020-05-17

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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2020-04-30

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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2020-11-07

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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2022-02-14

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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2022-08-06

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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2020-06-05

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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2020-06-05

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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2020-03-25

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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2020-12-20

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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2020-11-07

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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2022-02-13

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-03-08

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-09-30

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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2020-02-12

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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2020-11-07

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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2022-02-15

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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2020-02-02

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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2020-01-26

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-11-07

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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2020-12-20

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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2019-11-27

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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2022-05-01

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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2019-11-11

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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2022-05-29

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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2019-11-07

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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2021-10-20

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)