Other Hauling Shanty

What kind of hauling shanties exists?

According to Stan Hugill who gives us the explanation of the types of the shanties. So he gives us two main types of shanties, hauling and heaving shanties, in this page, we talk about Hauling Shanties.

Because of the number of the Halyard shanties, I kept them on another page: Halyard Shanty

Here are the types of Hauling Shanty

(A) – Halyard or ‘long drag’ songs (for tops’ls and t’gallants).

(B) – Short haul or ‘short drag’ songs (for t’gallants and royals).

Interesting Facts about the short drag songs

The short haul or short drag shanties was used to raise two top yards on the mast, top gallants, and royal sails because those yards were much smaller and lighter, therefore sails were smaller as well, and the tempo need to be adjusted for this job. Naturally, pulls were shorter and faster than on halyard shanties used for topsails. It is worth noting that some of the halyard shanties also was used for top gallants and royals, so some of those songs can be used for both works.

In the pictures above, we see highlighted colors: on the left lower and upper topgallant sails, and on the right royals.

Index Of The short Drag Shanty

  1. Cant Ye Hilo? (short drag)
  2. Young Girls, Cant You Hilo?

(C) – Sweating-up, fore-sheet, or bowline shanties (for boarding tacks and sheets, etc.).

(D) – Bunt shanty (for stowing a sail on the yard).

(E) – Hand-over-hand songs (for jibs, stays’ls, and braces).

(F) – Walkaway or stamp-‘n’-go songs (braces, etc)

Interesting Facts about the Walkaway or stamp-‘n’-go songs

Also called stamp-n-go or walkaway or runaway shanty, was the only type of work song allowed in the Royal Navy. It was popular in ships with big crews when at halyards; the crowd would seize the fall and stamp the sail up. Sometimes when hauling a heavy boat up the falls would be ‘married’, and both were hauled on at the same time as the hands stamped away signing a rousing tune. Stan Hugill’s explanation from page 26 of the first edition of the “Shanties From The Seven Seas”, says it was used at braces, etc.

Index Of The Stamp-n-go Shanty

  1. Donkey Riding
  2. Drunken Sailor (A)
  3. Drunken Sailor (B)
  4. Roll The Old Chariot

My private collection of books

Shantyman library –  you will see descriptions and recommendations of positions worth diving into, true sources of knowledge about sea shanties. To gain knowledge about sea shanties is the main ultimate purpose of this library, every book in this library is somehow related to sea shanties and before mast songs.

More involvement in Traditional Sea Shanties

You can find this record here or directly listen below. If you want to discuss the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here.