One day, a visitor approached the ship, identifying himself as part of a small singing group, “Could we come onto your ship and sing sea shanteys?”
“Get them away from me,” muttered the captain to his crew. The visitor was politely turned away with some sort of excuse, of a meeting or event, much apologies.
That evening, more shanteyeurs came to see if they could board the ship to sing sea shanteys.
“Sorry, not tonight, but maybe tomorrow.”
That night, the ship cast off and crept out to sea.
Reported by FL, a tallships sailor, so it’s got to be true. Thanx, Frank.