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Strike the Bell

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Strike the Bell

Strike the Bell is a pumping shanty, used to coordinate the efforts of crew members as they worked a bilge pump. It seems to have been made up in England by sailors who heard the salute to the end of the American Civil War, Ring the Bell, Watchman, by Henry Clay Work. It is performed by the group, Forebitter, on the Mystic Seaport recording, "American Sea Chanteys."

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