Nathan Evan’s classic NZ ocean hut, The Wellerman, is loved by over 1.2 million followers and the collaborative video is inspiring. Photo / TikTok
When Scottish postman and part-time singer Nathan Evans posted a video of himself singing a 200 year old sea hut, he probably didn’t expect his little boy to go viral.
The original TikTok video shows Evan singing a heartfelt version of the song called The Wellerman. The song originates around 1860 and is widely understood to have originated in New Zealand.
The full title of the famous sea hut is Soon May The Wellerman Come, which refers to the supply ship owned by the Weller Brothers.
British-born trader Weller Brothers managed a supply ship to New Zealand in the 1800s. The employees working on the supply vessels, which supply New Zealand whalers with supplies, are colloquially known as ‘wellerman’.
The songwriter is unknown. Shanties were very popular with sailors at the time, but they were not often written down on paper, but traveled by word of mouth. Soon May The Wellerman Come was first published in a New Zealand folk songbook in 1973.
Evan’s The Wellerman on TikTok is liked by more than 1.2 million followers. Not only that, the heartfelt song has inspired other talented TikTok-ers to collaborate.