The Silver Darlings are the first and only, all-female, sea shanty crew in Essex. Possibly the world. The Darling crew, press-ganged into action in 2016, consists of Captain (Laura), Viking (Emily), Grace (Alison), Shiver Me Timbers (Siobhan), Baby (Rose) and their newest recruit, Dutch Courage (Kate). Hailing from Southend, a town steeped in the fishing and cockling industries, they are naturally drawn to sea shanties, the sailors’ working songs, telling the stories of our culture and heritage. The Silver Darlings are passionately committed to ensuring that these songs remain in the public domain and are not lost at sea.