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Abby Sale 14 Mar 06 - 09:01 AM
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Subject: happy? - Mar 14 (Byng shot / Whale lost)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 09:01 AM

3/14/1757: Admiral John Byng was executed by firing squad for losing Minorca to the French.

        By conduct contrary a captain we lost,
        And here lies the reason, he run from his post,
        For may we not say it, without flounce [decoration] or fear,
        He run from his post, when he run in too near.

        "An Address from the Regions Below to A-----l B—-g,"
        in A Ballad History of England, Roy Palmer

ALSO:   "Admiral Byng," Oxford Book of Sea Songs, Roy Palmer

        In eighteen hundred and forty-six
        On March the fourteenth day,
        I bought myself a calendar
        For we were bound away.
        We sailed from tacky guano
        And followed the seabird's flight,
        For we were hunting whales, me boys,
        At least we thought we might.

                "The Losing of the Whale" by & © D. Nudds and C. Sugden. From the Kipper Family The Ever Decreasing Circle & DigTrad filename[ LOSEWHAL

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