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Unlike the large, deep-water, square rigged vessels used in the Atlantic Oceans back in the late 1700s, the "sloep" sailing ship typically had one foresail and one mainsail and could be manned by a small crew. The more shallow hull design of the sloop made it ideal for use in the shallow waters in the Caribbean (West Indies). These types of ships were (and still are) highly maneuverable and fast, and were often depicted as the classic "pirate" ship. This seafaring tune comes out of the region and a time where pirates were actually considered a national state in the latter 1700s. This one particular sailor DID NOT want to be on the Sloop John B.
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