John Short is commemorated in Watchet, Somerset England, as Yankee Jack (he earned the nickname sailing in Yankee ships during the American Civil War) and is remembered for being a great seaman. However, he was an even greater singer: Yankee Jack had a tremendous memory and had learned many songs during a widely-travelled seagoing career. John Short the sailor and singer is represented by a fine statue by the harbour in Watchet, Somerset England Born locally in 1839, he first went to sea out of Watchet as a lad before going ‘deep sea’ and in the 1860’s joined a Yankee ship in the American Civil War. He sang as he sailed with, it is said, a most melodious voice and when he retired at the age of 61 he brought his songs home with him. In fact, he provided the English folk song collector Cecil Sharp with a splendid collection of sea songs and shanties, many of which have become the standard versions we still know today.