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East India co. Royal Oak 400 tons 1 trip 1663 then ?
The Royal Oak: was used by RN: Royal Navy 1664 on: long line of historic entries.
The Royal Oak--Royalists rejoice! May 29th is Oak Apple Day
the name is used for many purposes including Pubs.
then navy song:
Come, cheer up, my lads, 'tis to glory we steer,
To add something more to this wonderful year;
To honour we call you, not press you like slaves,
For who are as free as the sons of the waves