East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

A Sea Shanty


CSSAlabamaConsidering I’m writing a book about the sea, and ships, and privateering, it seems fitting to put up something in tune.

The CSS Alabama was a British-built Confederate privateer that for two years, during the American Civil War, harassed and raided Union ships in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
It was a royal pain in the neck, in other words.
It was finally sank in sight of Cherbourg, in 1864 – and it had never once touched a Confederate port.
Strange story.

They made a song about it.
And here’s the great rendition by the extraordinary British folk band, Bellowhead.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “A Sea Shanty

  1. Great music!
    My kids loved also “London Town”, very funny and entertaining music!


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