For much of history, mankind has been preoccupied with how exactly we might determine where we are in the world at any given moment. Obviously, for sailors, this question has an even greater importance. Ancient […]
One aspect of Napoleonic naval warfare that is somewhat difficult for denizens of the modern age to comprehend is the position of Royal Marines on Royal Navy ships. Throughout the Aubrey/Maturin series, we have the […]
Just what kind of situation is Jack getting himself into when he takes command of the Sophie in Master and Commander?
“The pay is contemptible for a learned man – five pounds a month – and I am ashamed to mention it; but there is the chance of prize-money…
Food Supplying the fleets was an immense undertaking, and was controled by the Victualing Board. The purser on each ship was in charge of supplying the food and consumables; like candles, coal, clothes (or slops […]
This is a simplified version of the watch system as operated in most ships, where the crew were divided into two watches, the larboard and starboard watch.