27 July 2011 8 Comments

The 24th of February

On the 24th of February,
The weather being clear.
We spied to be sure seven Turkish men-of-war,
Come a sailing from Algier.

[Chorus]

To me ri fol leather ol,
ri fol leather ol,
ri fol leather ol lay.
Rol a diddle i,
rol a diddle i,
to me ri fol leather ol lay

Well the very first ship to come alongside,
Was called the Green Pea.
We fired to her a warning shot,
And quickly she did flee.

[Chorus]

Well the very next ship to come alongside,
Was called the Prince so clear.
Commanded by the big Bagsham,
Come a sailing from Algier.

[Chorus]

Well the very next ship to come alongside,
Was called the Rose and Crown.
We fired our broadside into her,
And quickly she went down.

[Chorus]

Well the very next ship to come alongside,
Was called the Harp and Lyre.
We fired our pitch buckets into her,
And quickly she took fire.

[Chorus]

Well two we sunk and two we took,
The rest they ran away,
And one we brought to Englands shore,
Just to show we won the day

8 Responses to “The 24th of February”

  1. Shirley 26 February 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Have just come back from greeting my sons ship coming in to Plymouth from the middle east – on 24th feb! Was looking for a sea shanty to accompany a video clip – brilliant!

  2. stefan 26 February 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Awesome to hear! Do you have a recording of it? Best one in my collection will be the Shanty Crew doing it on ‘Let the Wind Blow Free’ can be bought here: http://www.chanteycabin.co.uk/Shanty%20Crew/Shantycrew.htm

  3. Pete 13 February 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Lovely shanty – but shouldn’t the opening lyric (23rd of February) tie in with the title?

  4. mitrandir77 24 February 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Actually it was 24th – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Beirut_(1912)

  5. stefan 17 May 2015 at 12:48 am #

    Thank guys! Updated the lyric now.

  6. geoff bibby 24 May 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    ‘Heave a pawl oh heave away’
    ‘Parish – rigged bums’

  7. Mike Edwards 22 July 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I have this song on a CD of sea shanties I bought. But the lyrics are slightly different to those printed here.

  8. Mike Edwards 7 September 2018 at 10:56 am #

    This song is also known as ‘The Turk Duffing Song’


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