DESCRIPTION: "Thursday in the morn, on the Nenteenth of May, Recorded be for ever the famous Ninety-two." Brave Russel sees the French fleet under Tourville. The fight is hard, but the English win. The singer blesses the King and "each brave English Tar"
EARLIEST DATE: 1891 (Ashton-RealSailorSongs)
KEYWORDS: navy battle political
1692 - Battles of Barfleur and La Hogue. The dates, in modern numbers, were 29 May-4 June, but since Britain still used the Julian calendar, the song dates the start of the fight to 19 May. Admiral Edward Russel, with abot 80 ships, beat the French under Tourville at Barfleur, and won a pursuing action at La Hogue; the victories ended any French hopes of an invasion that would restore James II to the British throne
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Ashton-RealSailorSongs, #7, "On Admiral Russel's Total Defeat of the French Fleet" (1 text)
Palmer-OxfordBookOfSeaSongs 29, "The Sea Fight in '92" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle/McAlpine/McLucas-SongRepertoireOfAmeliaAndJaneHarris, pp. 165-167, "The Battle of La Hogue" (1 text, 1 tune, plus reproductions of 2 broadsides tunes, 1 with a full text)
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