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Thread #2169 Message #2736406
Posted By: Anglo
02-Oct-09 - 02:15 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Admiral Benbow (from June Tabor)
Apologies for not going carefully through the while thread, where this might have been discussed, but I always wondered about the "brigantine sloop" as well, and when I did sing it, substituted "brig and a sloop." However, I have since discovered that "sloop" in RN terms was not descriptive of rigging, but of the vessel's naval function (as a support vessel, I believe, though I am not certain of the exact definition). So I went back to singing it the other way.