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Thread #136851   Message #3127137
Posted By: Rank
02-Apr-11 - 04:27 PM
Thread Name: Royal Oak/Turkish Man of War/Cpt Mansfield's Fight
Subject: RE: Origins: Turkish man of war
The Wikipedia entry for the 1669 battle refers to a painting of the battle (or possibly a 1681 battle) which has a ballad inscribed containing the following lines:

Two we burnt, and two we sank, and two did run away;
But one we carried to Leghorn Roads to show we'd won the day.