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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Seattle Shakes with Shanty Sing-Alongs; Naval History Site Recommended


I went to the free Friday monthly Northwest Seaport sea shanty sing-alongs and saw one of the largest winter turnouts in a long time. About 40 people gathered in the wood shop at South Lake Union Park to belt out traditional work songs of the sea, some music hall ballads, and a few modern tunes. We passed around the hat for donations and chowed down on cookies and soda. Pictured at left is Mariide Widmann, who led a few of the songs. The photo was taken last summer during the annual Wooden Boat Festival at SLUP. The shanty sings happen every second Friday of the month. For more information, visit the Maritime Heritage Network Calendar page. (Photo copyright 2005 Joseph G. Follansbee)

Mac Gregory, an Australian vet who blogs at Ahoy, recommends Naval-History.Net as an excellent source of World War II history books, links and other material related to European Allied and Axis naval history. You'll also find World War I and Falklands War material. Very cool.

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