I had some lyrics in an earlier version about the 50-gun vessel, and considered working in some language about the size of the cannonballs (the Waakzaamheid not only outgunned the Leopard, but had much bigger cannon, as well) - but I found my first versions were written only for those who knew the story, and did not work on the level that most listeners could appreciate. So I simplified language, and took a more elemental approach.
I am curious, though since so many knowledgeable Mudcatters have contributed to the thread; I simply put one line in describing the crew; "with cockney, moore and irish lads we made a handsome crew" - I was out on a limb here - trying to show the mix of backgrounds. The Leopard, at the time of the Waakzaamheid incident had some "black portugese" hands - through poetic license and for simplication I said moores - also the term cockney may never have been used in those early times. No one picked me up on thse terms - but are there any comments?