Some Ballads and Songs of the Sea Part 1

By John Leyland, published April 1922


These songs are all tales, more or less metrical, of love and war. Such verses have all gone from the modern Navy.   The earliest of the battle stories relates to Rodney’s Defeat of Langara, 1780, which was also celebrated by a song entitled “The Royal Sailor”.   Another piece about Rodney is concerned with the melancholy and sordid affair at St. Eustatius in 1781. Plenty of blood and thunder, prize and booty but nothing here of the strong character or gentle melancholy of the old fore-bitter. In the next article another side of the life of the sea is discovered.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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