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' P. 165. The Boatswain's Whistle. From the collection entitled The Lark, 1740, p. 25. In this version line 4 of the chorus runs ' My boy, let us stir, let us toil,' but Smollett's reading has been adopted as preferable. I have not been able to find a copy of the original or the date of its publication.
P. 166. The Downfall Of Piracy. From The Worcester­shire Garland'm the British Museum (pressmark, 11621. c. 4 [89]). Reprinted by Ashton, Real Sailor Songs, p. 7.
P. 168. Admiral Cavendish's Distress on Board the
Canterbury. The Canterbury was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Philip Cavendish from July 16, 1728, to January 24, 1730-31. She sailed from Spithead on September 18, 1728, and arrived at Gibraltar on the afternoon of October 14. The log of the Canter­bury thus describes the storm. ' Monday, September 23.—About 11 this forenoon we were taken with a violent squall out of the N.-W., which carried away our mizen mast and split the main topsail. In this squall we lost sight of the Romney. 24.—For the most part strong gales of wind with violent squalls. Yesterday in the afternoon we lowered down our fore and main yards and got the sails reefed and furled and cut away the main topsail yard, sail and all, as it was split. About nine last night we lost our main­mast, and soon after the foremast, which fell to windward, and took away our best bower anchor stock. In the fall of the mast it stave both barge and pinnace (which we hove overboard) and fell on the outer part of one of our quarterdeck guns, which it carried away overboard with it. Also we likewise lost our two lower stunsail booms. In this disaster we lost seven of our rnen, and had one man's thigh broke, and another very much bruised.' The name of the purser referred to in the last verse was Walter Harris. There are two later versions of this ballad in the Madden collection. One is called The Sailor's Lamentation, and is dated in ink '1736, Dec. 23' (Slipsongs, iii. 92, No. 1661). The other, printed later still, is called A New Sea Song (Slipsongs, ii. 264, No. 1260). A version in the editor's possession, dated in pencil ' 1728,' has been made the basis of the text adopted, with one or two corrections supplied by the Madden versions.
P. 170. The Paeiflck Fleet. From a folio pamphlet in the Bodleian Library, dated 1729 (Godw. Pamph. 1667 [19]).
P. 172. The English Sailor's Resolution. From the Madden collection (Slipsongs, i. 254, No. 535).
P. 174. England's Glory in the Declaration of War. From a broadside in the possession of the editor.
P. 175. The Taking of the Princissa. From the Madden collection (Slipsongs, iii. 148, No. 1781). The original prints 'Orphan,' instead of 'Orford,' and in verse 3, line 2, 'with courageous skill.'