Sea chanteys are no longer just for the old salts. The brave new world of doing everything virtually has brought them to Gen Z. According to Thrillist, an email entertainment newsletter you can subscribe to, “Sea shanties are taking over the internet. It’s definitely weird! … Sea shanties are the latest musical craze to emerge from the wells of TikTok,” wrote Esther Zuckerman. “All the kids these days are jamming out to 19th century whaling tunes.”
Back in the pre-COVID world, park ranger Peter Kasin led a chantey sing aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco on the first Saturday of every month.
The San Francisco Maritime Association has recently hosted some virtual chantey sings, but we don’t learn about them in time to get them in Latitude’s Calendar. You can, however, listen to the most recent one, held on January 16, at https://givebutter.com/chanteysing. Donations go toward technology upgrades to support more virtual events. The faces of participants do show diverse generations.
You can dig into the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s sea chantey archives at www.nps.gov/safr/learn/historyculture/chantey-pathfinder.htm.
(We prefer the ‘chantey’ spelling. Chanter, pronounced shawn-TAY, is French for ‘to sing’, while a shanty is a sort of shack.)