A tribute to "The last shantyman".
* Did someone
Only the best known and most loved shantyman of all time.
"Seaman - 1922 /1945.
The last shantyman to sail on the last British Commercial sailing ship
Instructor Outward Bound Sea School, 1950-1975.
Marine Artist, 1978 - 1992 - Producing some 250 marine oil paintings
Radio and Television Broadcaster"
Two days of celibrations - Saturday
18th & Sunday 19th November 2006
participation. Poingnent, moving. Whaling, rowing, shipwrecks, and more.
Any sail-and-oar enthusiast would
have felt at home here
There was many a song
of whale-boats, whalermen, square riggers and such, not to mention reefs,
wrecks, wenches and winches. One of the most popular songs was "Row on, row on, another day .....".
The central theme was "Here's to Stan" - Stan
Hugill the famous and clearly much loved sailor, shanty-man, artist, author
people including artists from Europe and USA, all of whom paid for the
privilege, attended this unique two day event. There were some famous
names, from the "folk" world, and from more popular radio and
held in the Hall and Meeting rooms of The Liner Hotel on Lord Nelson St.
behind Lime St. Station (the old Gladstone Hotel), in the centre of Liverpool.
(Yes, the famous "Lime Street" of Maggie May fame.)
many shanties, and also sailors' songs and songs of the sea and seafarers.
There were fascinating talks by people who knew him well, and archive
film of his exploits and from the "Yesterday's Witness" TV series.
guests included Bronwen (Stan's widow), his sons, and other family members.
It is very clear that they are keeping the tradition alive.
of Stan's paintings, kindly brought by guests, were on display. These
included vivid scenes of square riggers, and of whale boats pursuing their
"When no Shanteyman is left to sing, our whole world will have gone completely to the dogs".