This video shows the physical manifestations of diseases from our period and before. Thankfully almost all of these diseases are incredibly rare today, but our dear Stephen would have been familiar with the symptoms if […]
*SPOILERS* In Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, Stephen Maturin, indifferent to wealth but desperately impoverished, accepts Commander “Lucky Jack” Aubrey’s invitation to become ship’s surgeon primarily to avoid starvation.
This piece by Peter Warwick of The 1805 Club describes his discovery of one of the most extraordinary artifacts of naval history recently found: the only known Napoleonic era naval lieutenant’s uniform!
It is popularly believed that the ship’s biscuit (hard tack) issued to Nelson’s Navy were full of a variety of revolting insects such as ‘maggots’ and ‘weevils’. A few authors (such as Jack Nastyface) who […]
“Was you ever in the Service, sir?” asked Jack. “I? Why, no. I am a Jew,” said Canning, with a look of deep amusement. – Conversation between Jack Aubrey and Mr. Canning, Post Captain In Post Captain we are […]
“Englishmen, and more especially seamen, love their bellies above anything else, and therefore it must always be remembered in the management of the victualling of the navy that to make any abatement in the quantity […]
At the beginning of our beloved series, Dr. Stephen Maturin takes up his post aboard the Sophie without fully understanding just what he’s getting into. As a physician, he of course has a strong medical education and […]