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Truss up your breeches for this one: The ships down at Fisherman's Wharf are well known to children and tourists, but once a month, in the dead of ...
Ranger-led chanteys with no bad words in 'em, aboard the Balclutha.
Most people don't know they know a sea chantey, but they do -- whether it's "What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor?," "Good Night Ladies," and "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore," or something incredibly obscene that after 150 years of social progress still isn't fit for polite company. That's because sea chanties are sailor songs, and people out at sea for months at a time tend to lose touch with niceties like manners. Since the Bay Area is the epicenter of America's folk music scene, you... More »
Despite its bit role in the 1935 movie classic Mutiny on the Bounty, the Balclutha was never a pirate ship. Yet the image has been a long time fading. Indeed, the famed windjammer's brush with Hollywood is an undeniably alluring component of its colorful history. As any local fifth-grader can attest, the Balclutha, built in Scotland in 1886, was among the last great sailing ships constructed before the age of steam ships. And even though it spent decades sailing the world hauling cargo... More »
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