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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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lxvi         SONGS AND BALLADS
' Then presently the Ship in pieces Split, ' And he himself upon a plank did sit, Floating a while with Waves encompass'd round, But was wash'd off and in the Tempest drown'd.
' The warlike Sterling-Castle perish'd then, And all her crew Excepting Eight Men, Who by God's providence got safe ashore, Amongst whom was the Man preserv'd before. .
' Twice cast away, and twice deliver'd too, Here may we see what the Good God can do, Nay a third time to shew his Mercies more, The Boat was lost that carried him to shore.
1 The Restoration and Northumberland, Ere morning light did sink into the sand, And of eight Hundred Souls of both their Crews, Not one escap'd to tell the dreadful news.
' But what was yet more Mournful you shall hear On board the former as it doth appear, The Captain had his Wife and Children got, Which were seen after on the Seas to Float.
' Nay, and in several other Ships besides, There many Women with their Husbands died, Many poor Children are left Fatherless, And many Widdows mourning in distress.
' Of men of war Eleven Sail was lost, Of Merchant men two hundred on our Coast, Beside the Damage done to many more, And seven Thousand Sailors lost therefore.'
Over 6,000/. was collected for the widows and orphans who perished in the storm. The order authorising a collection for this purpose is printed by Mr. W. A. Bewes in his Church Briefs, and he also reprints the ballad quoted above (p. 239).
A disaster very little less in its magnitude was the casting away of Sir Clowdisley Shovell on the