Rolling Home – heaving shanties family

List of the Bound for the Rolling Home – heaving shanties family

  1. Rolling Home A
  2. Rolling Home B

Interesting Facts about the Rolling Home – heaving shanties family

Rolling Home – heaving shanties family is the most famous homeward-bound ever “Rolling Home”, a capstan shanty, but worth noting is that some of the collectors give this song as a forebitter. This song was popular in English and American ships.

The capstan was used on sailing ships. It was a vertical-axled rotating machine developed for use on sailing ships to multiply the pulling force of seamen when hauling ropes. The capstan was used for multiple pulling (heaving) jobs. However, raising the capstan was the heaviest job so the tempo was the slowest used on capstans. Below image of the capstan working on its sailors.

Man at capstan

On this occasion, I will show you this shanty, described by Stan Hugill in his “Shanties From the Seven Seas”. I hope it brings you closer to the notion of how they were used at the capstan. all video reconstructions tried to direct the listener to how they sounded in actual shipdeck action when sailors used it.

The above image displays sailors working at a capstan.

Short story of the Rolling Home – heaving shanties family

Most collectors state are this song is based on the poem of Charles Mackay, written on board the ship in 1858, but Stan Hugill disagrees with this opinion. Stan Hugill gives us the theory that Mackay heard sailors heaving at the capstan and singing the shanty, which gives them the idea to write a poem.

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

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