Landship (Barbados)

Landship (Barbados)

The Barbadian Landship movement is an informal organization that mimics the British navy. Landship began in 1837 and was founded in Britton's Hill in Seamen's Village. The structure of the Landship organization mirrors the structure of the British navy, with a "ship" which is connected to a "dock" (a wooden house similar to a chattel house), and leaders known as Lord High Admiral, Captain, Boatswain and other navy ranks. Each unit is named like a typical navy ship and may include actual names of British ships or places. Landship performances symbolize and reflect the passage of ships through rough seas. Parades, jigs, hornpipes, maypole dances and other music and dance types are a part of the Landship Society's celebrations. The Council of the Barbados Landship Association regulates the movement.


* cite book
chapter = Barbados
author = Millington, Janice
title = Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 2
pages = pp 813 - 821
id = ISBN 0-8153-1865-0
year = 1999
publisher = Routledge

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