Some Ballads And Songs Of The Sea Part III

By John Leyland, published December 1922


These two ballads were published in 1793. One relates the taking, off Finisterre, of the largest prize ever brought to English shores, the “Dummourier”. The other describes, unflatteringly, the characters of French people escaping the French Revolution and seeking passage on the ferry from Calais to Dover. The verses have little literary merit but they are typical and representative of a vast mass of writing, mixing sentiment and laudation, and endeavouring to mirror the life of the mariner.

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Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | French Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Navies | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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