Stan Hugill

Stan Hugill

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Stan (Stanley James) Hugill (November 19, 1906 – May 13, 1992) was a folk music performer, artist and sea music historian, known as the "Last Working Shantyman" and described as the "20th Century guardian of the tradition".


Born in Hoylake, Cheshire, to Henry James Hugill and Florence Mary Hugill (née Southwood). His sailing career started in 1922, retiring to dry land in 1945. He notably served aboard the last British merchant sailing vessel – the Garthpool. he served as the shantyman on the Garthpool, the last British commercial sailing ship (a "Limejuice Cape Horner"), on her last voyage which ended when she was wrecked 11 November 1929 off the Cape Verde Islands.

After four and a half years as a German prisoner of war during World War II, Hugill was an instructor at the Outward Bound Sea School in Aberdovey from 1950 to 1975. In the 1950s he also taught sailing skills (and sang sea shanties) on the sail-training ship Pamir but fortunately was not on its ill-fated last voyage.

He married Bronwen Irene Benbow in 1953; they had two children, Philip and Martin. He anchored BBC program Dance and Skylark from...
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