Flash shanty to mark schooner’s launch 100 years ago

The schooner Adventuress sails past downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of Sound Experience

The schooner Adventuress sails past downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of Sound Experience

A story from Deborah Bach on ThreesheetsNW

There have been flash mobs singing pop songs, performing dances and rallying around various causes.

But this Friday, Port Townsend will be home to what may be the world’s first flash shanty. The nonprofit group Sound Experience is organizing the event to mark the day a century ago when the schooner Adventuress splashed in East Boothbay, Maine.

Anyone who wants to join in is asked to gather at 12:30 p.m. Feb 1 at the stern of Adventuress, which is on the hard at Haven Boatworks in Boat Haven Marina. There, people will sing several verses of Paddy Lay Back, a shanty popularized on work boats in Liverpool. The event will be recorded and posted on YouTube.

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