The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7339   Message #902680
Posted By: Micca
03-Mar-03 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Spanish Ladies
Subject: RE: Spanish Ladies
As given above all of these are headlands or prominent features on the english channel coast, the bit of this song that has ALWAYS puzzled me is this,
" We hove our ship to with the wind from South west boys"

but the Ushant to Scilly and the list above suggests that they are Beating up the Channel against a Nor'Easterly as with a Fair South Westerly you would run before the wind and miss out some of the headlands! After rounding Ushant you certainly Would NOT head for the Scillies far to the West, but with the wind free run for Start Point in Devon or either Portland Bill or the Isle of Wight. The sequence of headlands as written only makes sense if you are beating in broad tacks against a NE wind and making a fresh landfall at the end of each tack!!