Sovereignty Of The Sea
Let's just say, I'm a sailor at heart.
I post Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin, Natural philosophy, Age of sail, History, and Sea animals.
“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." is our dear Surprise..
… Killick, who intended to overhaul the Doctor’s wardrobe (Ahmed was no hand with a needle), and, glorious task, to polish the entirety of the Captain’s silver.


Things to do while shipwrecked.

Killick is a goddam lunatic and I adore him.

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The Golden Ratio

Fig. 17.  Atlas and text-book of topographic and applied anatomy. 1905.

He put the spyglass down, squinting through the fog with his own eyes to make sure they hadn’t been deceived by a specter in the glass.  He could have sworn…
"Anything to report, Mister Givens?" Captain Bradshaw glared at the young lieutenant.  Rory Givens glanced out over the taffrail again.  There was nothing there but a dense bank of fog.  The rolling curtains of cloud obscured anything more than 100 yards from the ship yet he had most definitely seen something behind the veil.
"I thought I saw a sail, sir." Givens decided that hiding his insecurity would not benefit anyone.
"Where?" Bradshaw produced his own spyglass and aimed it to where Givens pointed.  Peering through it he only saw clouds.  Then there was a shadow, fleeting but definitely there. "I see it, Mister Givens."  Bradshaw collapsed his glass and turned from the rail.  "Master McDonnell!"  The sailing master answered from the ship’s wheel.  "Three points to port if you please!  Bring her into that bank over there.  I want to investigate something."
"Aye, aye, sir!"
"Sir?" Givens called his captain back to the taffrail. "I saw it again, sir."  There was a note of panic in his voice now.
"What’s the matter, lad?" Bradshaw asked as he peered back into the fog.  The question had no sooner passed his lips than a series of strobing lights caught his attention, lighting up the fog from within.  The lights were followed by several low rumbles, thunder rolling over the waves.
"All hands down!  All hands down now!" Bradshaw screamed as the first broadside tore into his ship.

Horatio Nelson is Born
29 September 1758
Horatio Nelson was born on this day in history, 29 September 1758. He was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. Of his several victories, the best known and most notable was the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, during which he was shot and killed.

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