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Thread #1720   Message #3972098
Posted By: Lighter
18-Jan-19 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: Sailor's Prayer (Tom Lewis)-Send Down a Dove Songs
Subject: RE: Sailor's Prayer (Tom Lewis)-Send Down a Dove Songs
The source of the first example (with "bad beer to sailors") was . "Shipbuilding & Shipping Record" (London) (1937).

So Charles MacHardy, author of the novel "Send Down a Dove"could easily have heard it in the RN in WW2.