In this Dropkick Murphys song, what does "shipping up" mean in the title?

I'm Shipping Up To Boston

I've looked for it in three different dictionaries. None of them contain "ship up". So maybe there is someone who can help for me.

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    To ship means "to send something, usually a large object or a large quantity of objects or people, to a place far away". I'm Shipping / Up To Boston. The singer is going to Boston, possibly relocating to Boston. Oct 22, 2022 at 11:01
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    If I am shipping up, I am traveling. Sailors, for example, ship out to sea = travel away. Oct 23, 2022 at 1:54

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It means to travel by boat. Here's the Merriam-Webster definition:

2 a : to go or travel by ship —often used with out

In this case, it's used with "up" rather than "out". "Up" here means north, so wherever they were travelling from, it was south of Boston.

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