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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.