15531

UNPUBLISHED SONG ON THE LOSS OF H.M.S. PROSPERINE

Manuscript Song titled “The Loss of H.M.Ship Prosperine by the crew Feby 5th 1798”

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Description
8vo., 2 pages, written in one neat hand, with integral blank leaf, has been folded.

£225.00

SKU: 15531

Product Description

A Song of nine 4 line verses on the loss of the Frigate H.M.S. Prosperine, a ship originally French but captured earlier in 1798. This song was prompted by the near escape of Thomas Grenville (1755-1846) who was a passenger on board when the ship was wrecked off the coast of Newerke Island . Grenville had recently been appointed Ambassador to Berlin and was on his way to propose an alliance with France. He was saved from the wreck but in the process lost all his possessions except for his Despatches. First lines “Come all ye gallant seamen That ploughs the raging main”