Heave Her Up and Bust Her


A capstan chantey from the Great Lakes Collected from Jim McCarthy, "Ves" Ray, and William Small - Port Huron MI by Ivan Walton.

The first job in getting a schooner underway was either warping the vessel away from the dock or “busting” the anchor off the bottom. Both these tasks involved walking around and turning the capstan to wind in the cable. This capstan chantey describes being towed up the St. Clair river by a steam tug - “sailing on a towline breeze” - while preparing the ship for some real sailing once they reach the open waters of Lake Huron. The date given represents the era in which the song was collected. The song itself probably Dates to about the the 1880s.

This can be found in the excellent book "Windjammers" Ivan Walkton & Joe Grimm - Wayne State University Press.


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Title Heave Her Up and Bust Her
Subject Lakes & Rivers
Year 1935
Locale Great Lakes
Keywords capstan Great Lakes sailor

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