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Thread #123746   Message #2727583
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
20-Sep-09 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: British Man of War
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: British Man of War
Verse two of "Susan's Adventures ..." is the chorus on some of the song sheets.

One of the Bodleian sheets, Firth C.12(239), has attached to it two reports of young women serving aboard a man of war.

An Aberdeen woman, who had borne a child to a man pressed into service, had served on several ships before discovery. "She has been relieved from ship's duty and cooks and attends upon the officers. Her sex is cautiously respected by the ship's compant, and her conduct is exemplary, chaste and correct." The Albion, 1807.

"About the beginning of the month of February, 1807, Elizabeth Bowden, a girl 14 years of age, born in Trum, Cornwall, entered on board his Majesty's ship Hazard, Capt. Dilkes, in boy's clothes, and remained on board six weeks before her sex was discovered. During the time the ship was in harbour, she frequently went to the mast-head, to clear the pannant, and after the ship sailed, she was known to have gone up once in the middle of the night, when it was blowing almost a gale of wind; she would go on the topsail-yard, and assist in reefing the sails. Her father and mother being dead,.... Since she made known her sex, the Captain and Officers have paid every attention to her, gave her an apartment to sleep in, and she still remains on board the Hazard as an attendant on the Officers of the ship" ..... Bell's Weekly, 1807.