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Tom Bowling’ or ‘Tom Bowline


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The name of the most famous of Charles Dibdin's sea songs. It began:Here, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling,The darling of our crew …The original name is that of a naval character in Tobias Smollett's Roderick Random, but Dibdin modelled his Tom Bowling on his brother, Captain Thomas Dibdin. One of the verses of the song is engraved on Dibdin's tombstone.

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