"Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest" was written by Robert Louis Stevenson for his book "Treasure Island", which was published in 1883. Stevenson wrote part of the song. The poet Young E. Allison expanded it into a poem called Derelict, which was published in 1891. Even though Stevenson and Allison made up this song for fictional works, it's still sung today.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image from the magazine called Yachting, in an issue published in 1914.

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