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Thread #2169   Message #746427
Posted By: The Walrus at work
11-Jul-02 - 08:56 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Admiral Benbow lyrics

I've just found this (via Google)
"...Admiral John Benbow died in 1702. He was the son of a tanner in Shropshire who became admiral. During a battle with the French in the West Indes, all but one of his captains (including Wade and Kirkby) refused to pursue the French as ordered. Captain Walton of the Ruby pursued with Benbow until the Ruby was disabled. Benbow was wounded and his captains persuaded him to give up the chase. However, when they returned to Jamaica he had two of the captains court-martialed (another died before the trial) and shot. Two were suspended. Benbow later died of his wounds..."