Mettons La Chaloupe à L'Eau (Get the Boat In the Water)

Hugill says of this fo'c'sle song that it was popular among French merchant seamen of the 1840s and 50s.

A chaloupe is the technical name of the lifeboat dropped from the davits which was used for small boats throughout the world. The English shallop, shalloop, and sloop were used since the Middle Ages for small fishing vessels.