DESCRIPTION: The English privateer Terrible is captured after a bloody battle by a French privateer and her Captain, named Death, and all but 16 of her crew of 200 are killed.
EARLIEST DATE: 1783 (Ritson)
KEYWORDS: battle death sea ship
Dec 23, 1757 -The French "Grand Alexander" captures the English privateer "Terrible"
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Logan, pp. 30-32, "Captain Death" (1 text)
Kidson-Tunes, pp. 104-106, "Captain Death" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Joseph Ritson, Select Collection of English Songs (London: J Johnson, 1783), Vol. II, #64 pp. 179-181, "Captain Death" (1 text)
ST KiTu104 (Partial)
cf. "The Terrible Privateer" (subject)
NOTES [65 words]: Ritson: "[The French privateer is] called the Vengeance. The strange circumstance mentioned by some writers of one of the Terribles lieutenants being named Devil, the surgeon Ghost, and of her having been fitted out at Execution-dock, seems entirely void of foundation" [p. 180 note]. But Logan writes that Ritson "gives no authority for contradicting the received impression" [p. 31]. - BS
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