Sunday, June 6, 2010
Magpie#17 ●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•٠●♥The HMS Nancy ●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•٠●♥"The Nancy"
Nancy, Nancy Please come home...My bonnie Nancy...
Nancy, Nancy where do you lay
on the bottom, the shallows of Nottawasaga Bay
Nancy, Nancy when will you come home?
here all along, where would you think I'd roam?
Nancy, Nancy; a fur trader's daughter; stem to stern one fine lady
to carry stronghold of troops, provisions; stores fully ready
Nancy, Nancy why 6-pounder guns and two 24-pounder carronades?
geared for battle; the only British ship allowed on Upper Great Lakes trade
Nancy, Nancy what pray tell me what happened exactly back then care to talk?
as mother provisioner of the 41st Regiment 60 men and Sir Isaac Brock
Nancy, Nancy in the War of 1812; how many battles did you ensue; was there no end?
to name a few; The Seige of Detroit and Fort Meigs, the Battle of Lake Erie and Mackinac Island
Nancy, Nancy please tell me how did you suffer?
musket fire from the shore, battered by storms, sails broken now who's tougher?
Nancy, Nancy what plans had they for you?
frightened by US Lieutenant Sinclair's 5.5-inch mortar or two
Nancy, Nancy how did you die; how did you transpire?
at four o'clock, my Lieutenant Worsley scuttled me
a line of powder running to the blockhouse and lit me afire
Nancy, Nancy how did you fare?
Salvaged and restored a fine figurehead today along with many other fine wares
"Her figure-head, carved by Skelling of New York, was "a lady dressed In the present fashion with a hat and feather." The Nancy was probably named for either the wife or daughter of John Richardson."*
"The schooner Nancy was built for the fur trade which she served by carrying goods including food, clothing, rum, meat, powder, blankets, tools, trinkets, weapons and ammunition up the lakes and then returning with furs. At this time, there were two main ports in the West. Sault Ste. Marie governed access to Lake Superior and the North. Further west, in the Straits of Mackinaw, Fort Michilimackinac was a trading post, which commanded Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and the West. This was the center of activity in the northerly Great Lakes and the Northwest. It had been maintained by the French as early as 1687, but the British, in 1761, had been the first to build proper fortifications."*
*http://www.battleofgeorgianbay.huronia.com/wasaga/historyhmsnancy.htm and thanks to Google images CCL
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