Get it? Because Deb was Australian … and … Silas, Canadian … basically I’ve been listening to a lot of shanties and feeling colonial lately.
The story goes* that no one on the expedition could carry a tune, but that didn’t stop them singing with gusto at any opportunity. No wonder the penguins were curious; it must have sounded amazing.
Terra Nova pumping time reference photo!
*Capt. Scott, writing about Christmas 1910 (around the time this photo was taken) –
For five hours the company has been sitting round the table singing lustily; we haven’t much talent, but everyone has contributed more or less, and the choruses are deafening. It is rather a surprising circumstance that such an unmusical party should be so keen on singing.