This book contains not only more than 400 sea shanties but as much of their history as Stan Hugill could collect in his extraordinary career as sailor, scholar, author, artist, and inspiration to new generations of sea-music enthusiasts and performers.
“. . . this splendid tome, expertly illustrated by the author, is one of the most comprehensive and authoritative of the many collections of sailors’ songs published over the past nine decades. In sheer volume alone it is certainly the most monumental, providing a consistently fascinating text and a lifetime’s worth of material for the amateur or professional folksinger, maritime historian, folklorist, or literary critic.” —Stuart M. Frank, The Log of Mystic Seaport
“It is one of the most interesting and delightful books one could possibly get ahold of. It is always a pleasure to be able to recommend a book without reserve. This I can do!” —Patrick Dickinson, The Observer