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Thread #2169 Message #3876331
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
10-Sep-17 - 11:13 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Thanks for combining, Joe.
There are minor differences in the words, as noted above. Using till instead of 'til is probably down to personal preference. But the line (above) "The Ruby and Benbow fought the French" Is somewhat clearer than the one in DT which has "Then Ruby and Benbow fought the French". The latter would seem to make Ruby a person as listed with Benbow. If (as with Benbow) you take the captains name it would be "Then Walton and Benbow fought the French". The only thing that give a hint that we are talking about the name of a ship, rather than the name of the captain is that in Sharp's version it's "The Ruby".
The tunes in the two sources seem completely different.