The old Al Stewart song always seemed to me to imply that the sailors were rebelling against authority and going off to have non-admiralty approved fun, It seemed despairing in the same way that Michelangelo's dying slave seems in physical distress, that is, not. But it's apparently based on a historical incident in which the mortally wounded Lord Grenville's ship The Revenge was surrendered to the Spanish by the outnumbered crew. To jump back to Oh! What a Lovely War, brings to mind the historically accurate Christmas truce portrayed in that film in which the enlisted men decided to stop shooting at each other, having lost interest in serving the purposes of their masters' honor (or agenda).If you want to see where the little boat ended its journey , it's on Tinytheatre.
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