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Lyr Req: Royal Navy Exercise Chanties

GUEST,Phil d'Conch 23 Jul 17 - 07:10 PM
Gibb Sahib 23 Jul 17 - 07:23 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 23 Jul 17 - 08:25 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Royal Navy Exercise Chanties
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 23 Jul 17 - 07:10 PM

Looking for Royal Navy physical training chanties and cadences c.1914.

Wiki: United States occupation of Haiti

"The United States occupation of Haiti began on July 28, 1915, when 330 US Marines landed at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on the authority of US President Woodrow Wilson. The first invasion forces had already disembarked from USS Montana on January 27, 1914. The July intervention took place following the murder of dictator President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam by insurgents angered by his political executions of elite opposition.

This is the Euro-American Academic version. Caribbean maritime legend has this as two entirely separate Haitian national 'elections.' The January 1914 'invasion' was, allegedly, mostly British sailors who came ashore in the first week of February armed with nothing more than the sweat on their brow and the song in their hearts.

Yet they were back on board in a matter of hours and left port altogether three days later having thoroughly terrorized the Haitian mob. That's some scary singing!

Now I checked on the internet and I found this:

"Log: HMS LANCASTER, 6 February 1914
At Port-au-Prince
Lat 18.6, Long -72.4
4.15am: Lit fires in steam pinnace.
9.0am: Landed further details 1 Corporal and 8 Marines.
9.5am: Divisions. Read prayers. Exercised at physical drill.
9.40am: Exercised Land every available man.
1.30pm: Exercised Land every available man.


fyi: Total crew of 675. The U.S.S. Montana landed about fifty men total, the French and the Germans slightly less, all were back at sea by 9 February 1914.

I witnessed a similar spectacle in Nassau, NP. Can't remember what they were singing but I promise; you only think you've seen the colour 'white.'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Royal Navy Exercise Chanties
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 23 Jul 17 - 07:23 PM

What in the world are you talking about?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Royal Navy Exercise Chanties
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 23 Jul 17 - 08:25 PM

Gibb:

The U.S. Navy on The Cacos Wars :

"Transfer of power in Haiti traditionally occurred when a political contender raised a Caco army and marched on the capital. Transfer of power was completed when the incumbent fled the country with part of the treasury. "

The events of January 27, 1914 had nothing to do with Vilbrun Guillaume Sam. That was Michel Oreste Lafontant (1859 – 1918.) He went into exile aboard one of the French gunboats. This election/invasion/occupation cycle lasted less than two weeks, not eighteen months.

His title was claimed by Emmanuel Oreste Zamor (1861–1915.) It was Zamor who was murdered by the Sam administration in July 1915. Sam's assassination by Zamor's followers in reprisal brought on the semi-permanent U.S. occupation.

The 1914 Lafontant riots were suppressed in a bloodless show of force by the Royal Navy. It seems the HMS Lancaster's captain used PT as a pretense to send "...every available man" (several hundred) ashore for a few hours.

There was singing involved. The Harlech Haka maybe?


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