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My answer is almost the same as Dave's but I find that the intended meaning is erotic. ... I recall ... an old halliard shanty whose chorus forthrightly announces: "I was in bed with the captain's daughter.” As Captain Robinson remarks: “The words of the shanties were by no means strictly censored on moral or any other grounds, and the officers cared ...


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According to the 1949 book It's an Old Cape Cod Custom : One shanty had a line suggestive of the old Cape Cod custom of bundling— “ I wish I was in bed with the captain's daughter . ” Here, the author says the meaning is literal, bundling, meaning sleeping in bed with the captain's daughter without having sex. Nothing about a whip is mentioned. This 1949 ...


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