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.
A fascinating footnote to the famous action between HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeakeoff Boston Harbor in June 1813 is the effect it had on the career of Provo Wallis, second lieutenant of the British frigate, who went […]