ISailors became known as Jack Tars
because of their clever use of this natural gooey substance to waterproof things.
The historical memory of this song underlines how white Americans diminished the contribution of the struggles of "black Jack Tars
" for freedom to the American war effort.
And "amidst the thundering of cannon, blasts of trumpets, waving of the flags of every nation, the cheers of the multitude, and the 'hip, hip, hurrahs' of the Jack Tars
, the first ship - English William and James - entered the lock and gracefully glided into the basin, the band playing Hearts of Oak.
ANY itinerant folkie passing The Globe and seeing a poster for a band called The Jack Tars
could have been forgiven for thinking a relaxing evening of shanties and Fair Isle sweaters was only a sea boot's stride away.
However, in this case, we should overlook technicalities and call our flag by the name used by the vast majority of our citizens, who revere the flag and rally to it in time of identity jolly Jack Tars
and of the days when Britannia ruled the waves.
RUM has come a long way since it gave our jolly Jack tars
enough Dutch courage to beat the French at Trafalgar.
Brown's rash promise to send Britain's Jack Tars
into yet another Middle Eastern war may well do the same for him.
I imagine Jolly Jack Tars
, having sailed their way home into Barmouth just down the road, and gnarled farmers eking a living from the mountains above, making their way here to renew old acquaintances to the smell of lamp-light.
In the late 1820's an officer of the 80th Regiment, which was in Malta at the time, had been oversighting a squad of recruits at drill, and overheard some RN Jack Tars
who had also been observing the drill squad, discussing the role of the sergeant following the squad with a pace stick.
One quarter of Nelson's Jack Tars
had never been to sea before and were mostly press-ganged, snatched from their villages to become reluctant heroes.
The foul-mouthed, drunken, and dissolute sailors Weir depicts are hardly the Jolly Jack Tars
of popular sea shanties.
Friedman was very good on royal upbringing (months on the briny with lots of respectful Jack tars
, indulgent tutors and pig-sticking in India for fun - something tactfully ignored by the RSPCA).