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TikTok's sea chanteys – how life under the pandemic has mirrored months at sea

By Jessica Floyd, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of English, Community College of Baltimore County
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If you’ve perused social media in recent weeks, you may have come across people singing chanteys, which were work songs employed on merchant sailing ships.

Historically, chanteys – which are also spelled as “shanties” or “chanties” – began with a sing-out by a crew member recognized as “the chanteyman,” usually someone prized for his voice and ability to extemporize.…

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