22nd March 2020

22nd March 2020 


I have just finished reading a book called the Billy Ruffian by David Cordingly about the Bellerophon that held Napoleon as a prisoner in Torbay just after the battle of Waterloo. Most of the sailors on the Bellerophon couldn't pronounce the name of their ship so they called her the Billy Ruffian.


Aboard the Billy Ruffian

From France to Torbay

With the prisoner Napoleon

Such fame had come their way

Aboard the Billy Ruffian

From France to Torbay


Her hull was made of English oak

More than three thousand felled

Named the Bellerophon

And her keel was made of of elm


Aboard the Billy Ruffian

Arriving in Torbay

With Napoleon Bonaparte

And in England he hoped to stay

Aboard the Billy Ruffian

Arriving in Torbay


Of battles she had many

The bravest of the brave

Part of the Royal Navy

And England they would save


Sightseers came from Exeter

To gather in the bay

To see Napoleon

Get a glimpse of him that day


Aboard the Northumberland

Departing from Torbay

With the prisoner Napoleon

To exile he was on his way

Aboard the Northumberland

Departing from Torbay


Goodbye to the Bellerophon

And her claim to fame

The crew stripped her of everything

And a prison she became

Goodbye to the Bellerophon

And her claim to fame

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