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Thread #136851   Message #3130811
Posted By: Steve Gardham
07-Apr-11 - 04:40 PM
Thread Name: Royal Oak/Turkish Man of War/Cpt Mansfield's Fight
Subject: RE: Origins: Turkish man of war
I'm with you Joe.
I have a study of the ballad, Roud 2433. There is an 18thc broadside in the Madden Collection of 6 double stanzas, generic title 'A New Song' (Maddening isn't it?)
The ship is The Goldsprit of Plymouth and the captain is Capt. Farmer.

My master title is as the Penguin Book of Folk Songs 'The Royal Oak'.
Other titles include
There are good historical notes on it in Baring Gould's Songs of the West, Nettl's Sing a Song of England, and on associated earlier pieces in Roy Palmer's Oxford Book of Sea Songs.