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[American Revolution] Caribbean
[Manuscript] "A Sea Song."
Canterbury, 1780. Very good, edge worn, two folds reinforced with tape, light soiling and ink burn, contents legible,. [3] pp. on 1 horizontally 15 x 6 1/4 inch folded sheet or 2 attached smaller sheets. 6.25 x 7.5 inches. Dated February 24th, Canterbury, no year, but after 1779-80. The poem contains nine verses of four lines each (rhyming AABB), chronicling the victory of HMS Cornwall (built 1761) over France at Fort Lewis Bay [Fort Louis] in the West Indies during the various battles around and near Martinique during the American Revolution. Twas the fifteenth day of May We anchored in Fort Lewis Bay With our coulers flying and top sail loose Proud Monseurs sent out a flag of truce To know our admiral's bold intent And what it was that he did want Our Admiral answered him with a frown Saying I want your fort and likewise your town. HMS Cornwall was the second ship with that name, a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line launched on 19 May 1761 at Deptford and later sent to North America to serve in the American Revolutionary War. Ten days after arriving in New York on 30 July 1779 she was in battle with the French Navy and then deployed to the West Indies. Damaged in action both off Grenada and Martinique early the following year, she was deemed a loss destroyed on 30 June 1780. We could find no records of the detail of this battle nor the specifics of the role the Cornwall played, perhaps because the Fort was not taken this time ("Our admiral made with this reply/ Yet of the fort boys we are denied."). They settle instead for the sea battle.Below the date and place is … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB [United States]
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