Shantys from Travemünde
The tall ship PASSAT was launched in 1911 and sailed across the seas
In the times of the big windjammers sailors led a hard life on board, which had nothing to do with seafaring romance. Sea shanties are work songs that were an everyday occurrence on ships. The men sang songs to synchronize the movements and to make the work more pleasant like for example hoisting anchors, setting sails and "hauling ropes". One of the men was the so-called shantyman, who had a big voice and often used quite a spicy language. He was the one to set the pace with his voice by calling out a verse and the crew responded him with a roaring chant. Weigh, hey and up she rises! Not exactly a feast for the ears, but in any case, very effective.