German shanty. Original was a capstan (gangspill) shanty. The Magelhan/Magellan is the name of the ship. The verses (or at least the translation) are mostly good natured complaints about work and the captain.


Hugill included this with the versions of "Rolling Home" stating that this was the original shanty from which the German version of "Rolling Home" was derived. - SL

Cross references


  1. Hugill, pp. 191-192, "Magelhan" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi191


Alternate titles: “Magellan”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Baltzer's _Knurrhahn_ (reprint))
Found in: Germany