My favourites are capstan shanties, shanties sung while walking the anchor
My top favourite capstan shanty is 'Yangtse River Girl'.
is well documented:
The story of its author, Hamish MacLaren, who published the lyrics in 1929: Hamish Maclaren | Poetry | Scottish Poetry Library
The revision of the lyrics by Charlie Ipcar (aka Charley Noble; see: Songs of Charlie Ipcar: Bio
) in 2002 and setting of Ipcar's revised lyrics to 'Tommy's gone to Hilo', with Ipcar's recording on Roll & Go: Outward Bound.
MacLaren's lyrics, Ipcar's revised lyrics, and Ipcar's guitar chords are at: mudcat.org: Origins: Yangtse River Shanty
If you're Downunder, Danny Spooner does a pleasant version of YRG at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and/or the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Should you find a copy of DS's 'Bold Reilly gone away' you're in luck. See: Discography