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Thread #2169   Message #746133
Posted By: The Walrus
10-Jul-02 - 07:47 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Admiral Benbow lyrics

In the "Come all you seamen bold" version, I believe there is a verse which begins
"'Twas Ruby and Benbow
Fought the french, fought the French...."

This is not incompatable with history as Benbow was a flag officer, "Ruby" could be the name the song gives to his Flag Captain (the Captain of the Flagship).