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Thread #7339   Message #902590
Posted By: Schantieman
03-Mar-03 - 03:25 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Spanish Ladies
Subject: RE: Spanish Ladies
Apparently (someone told me this, so I can't vouch for its authenticity) the Spanish ladies were the wives that British sailors had married while stationed in Spain for several years. They were forced to leave them (and the resultant children) behind when they sailed, without any means of support.   Apparently the wailing from the harbour could be heard miles out at sea.

I think 'Fairley' is actually 'Fairlight' is it not? And 'Deadman' is surely Dodman Point in Cornwall.

You obviously have extensive experience of sailing in the Channel, Pete - are you a yachtie or do you do it for a living?