formerly the Archives and Collections Society  

Shanty Bibliography

See also Sea shanties

Arranged in alphabetic order by Author - additions, corrections, etc appreciated; please e-mail. Some titles here may normally be recognized as 'poetry', 'folklore', etc - but all pertain to shanties and songs of the sea. See sea shanties for some history, origins and spellings.

Our online library catalogue (OPAC) is available here.

Title Author Publisher ISBN 1st pub
Deep the water, Shallow the Shore Abrahams, Roger D University of Texas Press 0-292-71502-1 1974
Best loved songs of the American people Agay, Denes Doubleday 0-385-14006-1 1974
Chansons of Old French Canada Barbeau, Marius (ed) Chateau Frontenac, Quebec   1920
I hear America singing Barnes, Ruth A John C. Winston   1937
Wander-Ships Bassett, Wilbur The Open Court Publishing Company   1917
New Studies in Canadian Folk Lore Beaugrand, Honore E.M. Renouf   1904
Folklore and the Sea Beck, Horace Marine Historical Association 0-8195-4062-5 1973
Capstan Bars Bone, David W. Porpoise Press   1931
Fireside book of favorite American Songs Boni, Margaret Bradford Simon and schuster   1952
Fo'c's'le Yarns Brown, T.E. University Press of America 0-7618-1215-6 1984
Flowers of the sea, The Bush, Capt Eric, RN George, Allen and Unwin 71-141969 1962
Music Publishing in the Canadas 1800-1867 Calderisi, Maria National Library of Canada 0-660-50454-5 1981
Ballards and Lyrics Carman, Bliss McCelland and Stewart   1923
Cape Breton Collection, The Choyce Lesley (ed) Pottersfield Press 0-919001-15-17 1984
We Rant and We Roar Clouston, Al Clouston, Al 09690904-1-2 1980
Songs of American Sailormen Colcord, Joanna C. W.W. Norton   1938
Sea Ships and Sailors Cole, William Viking Press 67-24856 1967
Le dit du vieux marin Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Voiles/Galimard   1975
Guide des Chants de Marins Colleu, M. (ed) Chasse-Marée - Armen 2-903708-73-8 1997
Cahiers de Chants de marins Vol 1 Colleu, M. (ed) Chasse-Marée 2-903-708-12-6 1988
Cahiers de Chants de marins Vol 2 Colleu, M. (ed) Chasse-Marée 2-903-708-xx-x 1993
Cahiers de Chants de marins Vol 3 Colleu, M. (ed) Chasse-Marée 2-903-708-65-7 1996
Cahiers de Chants de marins Vol 4 Colleu, M. (ed) Chasse-Marée 2-903-708-xx-x 1998
Cahiers de Chants de marins Vol 5 Colleu, M. (ed) Chasse-Marée   2000
We stand on Guard Colombo, John Robert and Richardson, Michael Doubleday 0-385-25002-9 1985
Musings of a Mariner Corkum, Alexander C Atlantic Printing Company   1921
Song Book, Canada Steamship Line Coverdale (M.D., W.H. Canada Steamship Lines   1925
Maritime Folk Songs Creighton, Helen The Ryerson Press, Toronto 62-11386 1962
Bluenose ghosts Creighton, Helen Ryerson Press   1957
Cruising Ballads in Nova Scotia (Canadian Geographical Magazine) Dallyn, Gordon M. Canadian Geographical Magazine   1938
Songs of Sea and Sail Day, Thomas Fleming The Rudder Publishing Co   1898
Amorosa contienda de la francia, italia, y espana De Cisneros and Campos Martinez Impresa de la real universidad   1761
When laughter put to Sea Dixon, Langford Langmar Studio   1968
Cruising for ballads in Nova Scotia Doerflinger, William Canadian Geographic Journal   1938
Shantymen and shantyboys Doerflinger, William Macmillan Company   1951
Old-time songs of Newfoundland Doyle, G (ed) Gerald S. Doyle Ltd   1955
Folk Songs of Canada Fowke, Edith Fulton and Johnston, Richard Waterloo Music Co   1954
Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan, The Gilbert, Sullivan the Modern Library    
Songs od the Sailor Grasso, Glenn Mystic Seaport Museum Inc 0-913372-84-6 1998
Art of Coarse Cruising, The Green, Michael Hutchinson of London 0 09 127950 X 1976
Art of coarse sailing, The Green, Michael Hutchinson Of London   1962
Rhymes for the Irreverent Harburg, E.Y. Grossman Publishers   1965
Legends, Poems and Stories of the French River Hass, Gus private   1994
Crossing the Equator Henningsen, Henning Munksgaard   1961
Songs from the Front and Rear Hopkins, Anthony Hurtig Publishers, 0-88830-172-3 1979
Shanties from the Seven Seas - Shipboard work-songs and songs used as work-songs from the great days of sail Hugill, Stan Mystic Seaport 0-913372-70-6 1961
Sailortown Hugill, Stan Routledge and Kegan Paul 67-12230 1967
Songs of the Sea - The Tales and Tunes of Sailors and Sailing Ships [1st as Sea Shanties, London, Barrie & Jenkins, 1977] Hugill, Stan New York, McGraw Hill 0-0703-1138-2 1977
Songs the whalemen Sang Huntington, Gale Dover publications 486-22169-5 1964
Yachtsman's Weekend Book, the Irving, John Seeley, Service and Co   1938
Sea Songs of sailing, whaling and fishing Ives Burl Ballantine Books   1956
Five Nations Kipling, Rudyard Doubleday, Page   1903
Puck of Pook's Hill Kipling, Rudyard Doubleday, Page   1906
Seven Seas, The Kipling, Rudyard D. Appleton and Co   1898
Closed book, The Lane, Wilmot MacMillan Company   1943
Quebec Lane, Wilmot MacMillan Company   1936
Fille De Loire LeVraux, Denis Pays D'Ancenis 2-84231-148-5 2000
Log-Book Notes (through life) Little, Elizabeth A. Whit & Allen   1889
Nantucket Scrap Basket Macy, William F. Houghton Mifflin Co   1916
Songs of Seas and Tall Ships Manners, Tom E Murray and Gee   1942
Complete Poetry Masefield, John UK   1930
Conway, The Masefield, John Macmillan Company   1933
Mainsail Haul, a Masefield, John Grafton 0-246-13177-2 1905
Salt water poems and ballads Masefield, John Macmillan Company   1912
Salt-Water Ballads Masefield, John Macmillan and Co, London   1906
Taking of the Gry, the Masefield, John Macmillan Company   1934
Victorious Troy or the Hurrying Angel Masefield, John Macmillan Company   1935
Wanderer of Liverpool, The Masefield, John Macmillan Company   1930
Sailor's Garland, A Masefield, John Macmillan, New York   1906
Mermaid of Zennor Molony, eileen Edmund Ward   1946
Open Boats Noyes, Alfred William Blackwood and Sons   1917
Chansons O'Brien, Oscar AD l'Action Catholique   1948
Adventures of a Post Captain Officer, Naval Methuen and Company   1820
Oxford book of sea songs Palmer, Roy (ed) Oxford University Press 0-19214159-7 1986
Songs of the Newfoundland Outports (Volume 3) Peacock, Kenneth National Museum of Canada   1965
Music of the Sea Proctor, David National Maritime Museum 0-11-290520 1992
Superstitions of Sailors Rappoport, Angelo S. Stanley Paul, London   1928
Les 100 plus belles Chansons RCC (ed) St-Hyacinthe   1956
14 Barrels from sea to sea Reany, James Press Porceptic 0-88878-151-2 1977
Sea-Lore Rogers, Stanley Thomas Y. Crowell, New York   no date
Mystery of the "Ocean Star", The Russell, W. Clark Rous and Mann Ltd.   1897
Songs of a Sourdough Service, Robert Ryerson Press, Toronto   1944
Songs of a sour-dough Service, Robert W. Ryerson Press, Toronto   1907
American Sea Songs & Chanteys Shay, Frank Norton   1948
More pious friends and more drunken companions Shay, Frank Constable and Company, London   1961
My pious friends and drunken companions Shay, Frank Dover publications   1927
Sailor's Treasury, A Shay, Frank W.W. Norton and Co   1951
Songs of the Sea, River, Lakes and Canals Silverman, Jerry Mel Bay Publications 1-56222-283-x 1992
Letters from Sinking Ships Smith, John Private   1988
Moods of the sea Solley & SteainBaugh, George C. and Eric Naval Institute Press 0-87021-605-8 1981
Climb the Rigging Sollows, Atlanta S. J and A McMillan Ltd   1946
Complete Poetical Works Stevenson, Robert Louis William Heinemann Ltd   1924
Songs and Tales of the Sea Kings Stinson, J. Frank Peabody Museum of Salem 57-7954 1957
Grey Funnel Lines Tawney, Cyril Routledge and Kegan Paul 0-7102-1270-4 1987
Intimate history of New Brunswick Trueman, Stuart McClelland and Stewart 0-7710-8607-5 1970
Cent plus belles chansons Various Editions musicales la bonne chanson   1956
Golden book of Favorite songs, The Various Hall & McCreary Company   1946
Ocean And Truth Stage 1 Various Toronto French school   1983
Sea Sequel to the Week-end Book Various Nonesuch Press   1934
American Folksongs and spirituals Various Hal Leonard 0-634-01694-6 1996
Navy Song Book Various Bureau of Navy Personnel   1958
Narative verse satire in maritime Canada 1779-1814 Vincent, Thomas B Tecumseh Press 0-919662-64-1 1978
Seascapes Walley, Dean Hallmark Crown Editions 73-78222 1974
Sea songs and shanties Whall, Captain W.B. Brown, Son and Ferguson 0-85174-181-9 1910
Flaming ship of Ocracoke Whedbee, Charles Harry John F blair 0-910244-61-8 1971
With Pipe Paddle and Song Yates, Elizabeth E.P Dutton and Co 68-13418 1968
Ghosts of Rockland County Zimmerman, Linda Spirited Books 0-9645133-3-1 1998


Revised: 31 March 2012