Fish Mish sea shanty smash

Reverend Chris Holden, The Fishermen's Mission.
Chris Holden stars in The Fishermen's Mission's very own sea shanty.

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The Fishermen’s Mission port officer for Kintyre has landed a starring role in the charity’s own sea shanty.

Superintendent Chris Holden features in the new song, written and performed by representatives of the fishermen’s charity in the style of the traditional folk tunes that were once commonly sung as work songs to accompany rhythmical labour aboard large merchant sailing vessels.

It comes after the success of Scottish TikTok sensation Nathan Evans, whose version of the sea shanty Wellerman went viral and sparked an international interest in the musical genre.

The Fishermen’s Mission’s song was inspired by the people who manned the charity’s hospital ships in the 1900s.

These vessels would provide medical aid to the fleets of commercial sea fishermen, as well as being active fishing vessels themselves. There were surgeons and nurses aboard, who were even equipped to take X-rays. The ships contained libraries, recreation rooms and were a place of worship.

Listen to the ‘mission shanty’ on The Fishermen’s Mission’s social media accounts on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram (all @thefishmish) and on Facebook (@fishermensmission).