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Thread #137861   Message #3172582
Posted By: GUEST
18-Jun-11 - 06:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bold Princess Royal (Song)
Subject: RE: Origins: Bold Princess Royal (Song)
Although I have been unable to establish with any degree of certainty I strongly suspect that this PR is the one and same as 'The Bold Princess Royal'.
I have written John Macgregor Skinner's biography and 'Les from Hull's' reference from Sir William Millburn Smith's 'Naval History of Great Britain - Vol II'. appears to be correct. A letter that appeared in THE TIMES in September 1798 gives a more detailed account and certainly endorses Smith's account.
More of interest than relevance is the fact that Skinner's first vessel, HMS Phoenix, is also mentioned in Pete Seeger's song 'The Phoenix and the Rose, at a time when the young Skinner lost his right arm.

Peter Scott Roberts