The Fishes– heaving shanties family

List of The Fishes– heaving shanties family

  1. The Fishes A
  2. The Fishes B

Interesting facts about The Fishes– heaving shanties family

The Fishes– heaving shanties family are the great shanties, sang usually at the capstan and at the pumps.

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 Fishes– heaving shanties family

“The Fishes B” version, was popular in the south of England, Stan Hugill had had it from a Devonshire seaman. In the book, Stan Hugill gives us only two first stanzas, due to the other ones were taken from the “Blow The Man Down” shanty, so I took another 3 verses from the mentioned shanty, to make this reconstruction a sensible length, and a bit more entertaining.

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.