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GUEST,Chicken Charlie Folklore: Brave Benbow (29) RE: Folklore: Brave Benbow 21 Mar 08

In Stevenson's "Treasure Island," the name of the inn where the characters of Blind Pew and Long John Silver are introduced is the "Admiral Benbow."

The Royal Navy named two successive battleships "HMS Benbow."

The first was an 'Admiral' class proto-battleship, in service in 1888 and scrapped in 1909, by which time she was long obsolete. This Benbow was a sister-ship (same blueprints) of HMS Camperdown, which was involved in the famous Victoria-Camperdown collision in 1893. Naval historians are still trying to figure that one out.

The second was an 'Iron Duke'-class--state of the art for World War I. It was in service 1914 to 1931. In 1915, it was the flagship of Adm. Doveton Sturdee, a fairly well-known British admiral of the day. This Benbow fought at Jutland and in the Russian Civil War, where Britain backed the 'Whites' against those dastardly Bolsheviks.

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