A sea shanty invented a song to speed up the pace of the backbreaking work of caulking, vs. our own “Mother Mother”…

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Although the Nautilus Swell is a big boat wooden boat for our standards, the great ships of the age of sail were much bigger and the maintenance necessary to keep them ruling the seven seas required a skilled crew that had to work together in unison. Many a sea shanty was invented to make the backbreaking work go faster and to keep the ‘horsers’ and the ‘caulkers’ in unison to ensure the cotton and oakum were driven evenly and true. In the ship yard today, the crew and I work and sing along to local bands such as Mother Mother and Current Swell much to the amusement of the shipyard employees!

Here is an old caulking and horsing song mariners used to sing while refitting their great wooden sailing ships :

Come along down, buddy; come along down, big boy
Come along down, buddy; come along down, big boy
Come along down, buddy; come along down, big boy
Drive ’em down, buddy; drive ’em down, buddy
That’s the blow, buddy, makes him go, big boy
That’s the blow, buddy, makes him go, big boy
That’s the blow, buddy, makes him go, big boy
All day long, buddy, all day long, buddy
Sally got great long bangs, hangs was down, buddy
Sally got great long bangs, hangs was down, buddy
Sally got great long bangs, hangs was down, buddy
Who gonna curl them bangs, after I’m gone, buddy?
One more time, buddy; one more time, big boy
One more time, buddy; one more time, big boy
One more time, buddy; one more time, big boy
Drive ’em down, buddy; drive ’em down, buddy
One more time, buddy; one more time, big boy
One more time, buddy; one more time, big boy
One more time, buddy; one more time, big boy
That’s all right, buddy; that’s all right, buddy
Sit down! Sit down one time.

-Tiare

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