Merkin

A Royal Achievement

For you history buffs, especially those of you fascinated by naval history, Solsticeman has the first chapter up for what promises to be a fascinating account of life on board a British flagship. The main characters appear to be eleven and twelve year old boys who are officers, yet not midshipmen (riddle that out). Clue: Samuel Pepys is Secretary to the Navy, and it may not be the Royal Navy...
Read it here: http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/solsticeman/a-royal-achievement/01.html

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Thank you Merkin and Cole, always a pleasure to see that someone is reading what we write :-)

Merkin is absolutely right this isn't the Royal Navy ... it's The State Ships!

It is due to appear here with Mike's up-market white on black graphics in a few weeks.

 

There's a lot more of me in this one than I intended. Beware of allegory, like autobiography it can tell you more about yourself than you wanted to remember.

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Look out for this one when it appears here!

A good yarn set in a period of history, I think is not seen much, if at all, in fiction of any kind . Certainly a time I know very little about.

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Thank you Pedro, I'm delighted to see that you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing it appear here.

 

In fact extraordinarily little is known about life in the British Navy as it existed at the end of Oliver Cromwell's reign. In 1660 it set out, very reluctantly, to bring Charles Stuart back from exile in Holland, to make Britain a monarchy again.

 

I was lucky to find the Journal of Edward Barlow, a lowly boy-seaman who kept a diary... just like Samuel Pepys, who as Secretary to the Navy is on the same ship's quarterdeck when they set out to find a King. Between the two diaries I was able to read virtually all that is known about life at sea at that period.

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Jeff -

One of the pleasures of reading stories like A Royal Achievement is that I get the historical context without slogging through the work of reading contemporary historical accounts with its inconsistent spelling and difficult language. So thank you for doing the hard work for me and entertaining me at the same time :-)

 

S-

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