E. A. Horton, The [Laws D28]

DESCRIPTION: The E. A. Horton is taken by Canadian authorities and her crew imprisoned. The captain leads his men on a daring escape; they recapture their ship and sail home
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
KEYWORDS: sea prison escape
Oct 8, 1871 - Canada seizes the E. A. Horton (then in Halifax harbor) on a charge of fishing inside Canadian territorial waters
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Laws D28, "The E. A. Horton"
Ives-Maine 11, "The E. A. Horton" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Olney, pp. 239-241, "The Schooner E. A. Horton" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-NovaScotia 144, "Seizure of the E J Horton" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1840
cf. "The Horton's In" (subjet: the escape of the Edward A. Horton)
NOTES [72 words]: Although this event was celebrated enough to inspire at least two songs, reading the description of what happened on p. 212 of Beck-Maine makes it sound as if the Americans were more in the wrong than the Canadians. Possibly the Edward A. Horton was innocent of the charge against her, but that should have been settled by diplomacy, not international piracy. Which is what this was, although the songs don't ever use the word. - RBW
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