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Drunken Sailor (iPhone ringtone, instrumental)

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


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Away, Rio (sea shanty recorded in 1939)

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


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Island in the Sun (Harry Belafonte – MP3 ringtone)

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


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Lighthouses by David Stevenson

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


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

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


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Sally Brown (sea shanty in MP3)

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


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The Mermaid (a comic sea song in MP3)

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


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

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


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The Old Skipper (folk song in MP3)

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


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone in MP3, chorus)

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


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

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


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Leaving of Liverpool (traditional folk song in MP3)

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


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

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


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for iPhones)

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


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

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


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for smartphones – instrumental)

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


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

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


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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (ringtone for smartphones)

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


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Columbus Day by Charles Hervey Townshend

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


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Rio Grande (shanty, ringtone for smartphones)

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


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Away Rio by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

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


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Popeye the Sailor (ringtone for iPhones)

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


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Popeye the Sailor (ringtone for Android phones)

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


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Patterson’s Illustrated Nautical Dictionary, Unabridged

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


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty) by Roger McGuinn

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


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty) by Woody Guthrie

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


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

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


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

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


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for Android phones)

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


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Ships & Ways of Other Days by E. Keble Chatterton

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


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

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


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Venice by Gustav Pauli

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


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Singing Histories – Plymouth

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


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Hanging Johnny (shanty in MP3)

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


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

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


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The Sailor’s Alphabet (sea song in MP3)

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


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

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


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Shenandoah (traditional American folk song in MP3)

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


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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. (11.2 MiB, MP3, 4:53 minutes)


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

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


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

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


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The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties (PDF)

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


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

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


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Principal Parts and Sails of 19th-Century Sailing Ships

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


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The Times are Hard (sea shanty in MP3)

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


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Lost Ships and Lonely Seas

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Rolling Home (a seamen’s song)

Rolling Home celebrates the joy of sailors as they sail back to their homeland. Recorded in 1939, this seamen's song (not a shanty) 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. (3.6 MiB, MP3, 4:34 minutes)


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Johnny (a sea song from the 1930s)

This old song is about a sailor who comes back from sea in the hope of marrying the girl he loves. He soon realises that she is 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. (6.4 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates (PDF)

Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates is a collection of eight classic pirate stories written by the American illusrator, 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. (16.7 MiB, PDF, 341 pages)


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Santy Ano (a lively sea shanty in MP3)

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


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

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


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Pay Me My Money Down (shanty in MP3)

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


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Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte (video clip)

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


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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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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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Drunken Sailor by Albert Octave (shanty in MP3)

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


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Strike the Bell (shanty in MP3)

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


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

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


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The Truth About the Titanic by Colonel Archibald Gracie

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


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

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


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SHIPS, SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES

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


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The Story of Titanic

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


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

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


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The First Voyage Round the World, by Magellan

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


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Haul Away Joe (shanty, MP3)

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


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

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


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Spanish Ladies (an old British naval song, MP3)

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


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

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


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Leave her, Johnny (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this old shanty (sailors' work song) which is said to have been sung before the end of a voyage when all hands would disembark. This version is performed by Roger McGuinn, best known as the frontman of the American rock band, The Byrds, with accompaniment by John Sebastian. (File size: 4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:41 duration)  This song is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


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Whiskey Johnny (sea shanty, MP3)

This rollicking, down-to-earth sailors' song was recorded in 1939. It is from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, in Washington, DC. The performers were Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (File size: 5.3 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes) DISCLAIMER: Marine Café Blog is not promoting the drinking of alcoholic beverages. It is sharing this sea song as part of the world's maritime heritage.


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Great Open Sea (sea shanty, MP3)

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


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Drunken Sailor (a popular sea shanty, MP3)

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


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Sea Shanties (MP3 format)

Sea shanties or traditional sailors' work songs are part  of the world's maritime heritage. The five a cappella shanties contained in the file are from the London-based English Folk Dance and Song Society. They are in MP3 format, which is perfect for listening on your smartphone. (File size: 7.0 MiB, zipped file containing five songs in MP3 format)


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Sinking of the Titanic by Thomas H. Russell

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


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