Shannon and Chesapeake (V), The (At Boston One Day)

DESCRIPTION: U.S.S. Chesapeake's captain plans to "take Commodore Broke, And add to our navy the Shannon," a "tight little frigate." After being boarded, the Chesapeake "struck to the Shannon." "Let America know The respect she should show" the British flag and cannon
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (Erskine)
KEYWORDS: war navy ship battle warning patriotic
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
June 1, 1813 - Battle between the Chesapeake and the Shannon
FOUND IN: Britain
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Erskine, pp. 35-36, "(At Boston one day as the Chesapeake lay)" (1 text)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Chesapeake and the Shannon (I) (II), (III), and (IV)" (plot)
NOTES: For the background on the Chesapeake/Shannon fight, see the notes on "The Chesapeake and the Shannon (I)" [Laws J20]. - RBW
The rhyme scheme of the ten- or eleven-line verse is a,a,"began on" or "cannon",b,b,"Shannon","Shannon",optional "Shannon",c,c,"Shannon". The stresses by line are 2,2,3,2,2,3,3,optional 3,2,2,3.
Erskine writes that, at Rio de Janeiro he was part of the U.S. Navy expedition. He heard the crew of the English line-of-battle Thunderer sing this every night at eight bells, "which was very aggravating to American patriotism." - BS
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