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Thread #136851 Message #3128551
Posted By: JeffB
04-Apr-11 - 06:09 PM
Thread Name: Royal Oak/Turkish Man of War/Cpt Mansfield's Fight
Subject: RE: Origins: Turkish man of war
Les - your point about Bristol not being a port to award prizes is a very good one which hadn't occurred to me. I have seen versions where Capt. Thingummy goes to Plymouth, however I have a song called "The bold pirate" (a lovely tune incidentally) in which the ship is supposed to be a merchantman out of Bristol and to which they return with their captured prize. While I entirely agree that none of these songs is hard historical fact, a fight like this in the Bristol Channel was not impossible, given the fact that Lundy Island was a pirate base for some years in the 17th century.
I'll post lyrics of the song and "Captain Mansfields Fight" tomorrow if I have time.
And yes Gurney, a cracker of a song.