It's 2021 and sea shanties have taken over TikTok. Shiver me timbers.
For those who are unaware of what a sea shanty is, its a type of work song that were sung to the beat of rhythmical labor on large merchant ships.
Back in 1849, author Herman Melville highlighted the importance of musically talented seamen in Redburn. "It is a great thing in a sailor to know how to sing well, for he gets a great name by it from the officers, and a good deal of popularity among his shipmates," he wrote. "Some sea captains, before shipping a man, always ask him whether he can sing out at a rope."