Question: Sea Shanties

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Subject: Origin of sea shanti

Hello
I hope you are keeping well. I am trying to find out he when sea shanties began?
Whilst I am aware of the word “sea shanti” originating in the late 19th century. I am writing a radio drama on the sacking of Baltimore and want to include sea shanti withing the script. Would this be factually correct? Did other seamen sing songs or do you have any historical references that I could use to back up my claim??
Any help greatly appreciated…
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