Welcome to Beat to Quarters, a Play-by-Post Text Roleplay set in 1741. It's the Age of Sail, and also the Age of Piracy here in the West Indies. Will you fight for King and Country and uphold the law here at the edge of colonial civilization? Or will you pillage and plunder to your black heart's content? The wind's a-blowin' and the sea awaits, so prepare for adventure...

The Tale So Far

September, 1741:

Madre de Dios, a Spanish galleon loaded with gold, is on her way back to Europe with her convoy. But an ambush lies in wait for her in the Inaguas – the Sea Hound is planning a bold assault on the larger ship, her pirate crew willing to risk it all for gold and glory. But Sea Hound is both predator and prey, as the HMS Steadfast closes in for another encounter with her quarry. The deadly showdown between the three forces is fast approaching...

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After "Beat to Quarters" closed, "Before the Mast" is the site leading the stories in the West Indies... but in 1720. Active since August 2010.

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Ship Captains:
Jonathan Silas Thorne
Captain of the Steadfast
Rodrigo Sol Valera
Captain of the Sea Hound

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Percival W. Legge
Posted: Nov 18 2009, 03:20 PM

1st Lieutenant, Steadfast

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While attempting to learn something about 18th century sailing and navigation, at least enough to make use of it as story inspiration, I came across several 19th century books about seamanship and navigation on google books. In case anyone else is interested, I'm listing them here. Keep in mind that these weren't published until 100 years or more in the future as far as our characters are concerned.

Below are links to websites, books, diagrams, maps, other forum threads (in that order).

Articles of war:

The "Articles of War" from 1661. (First revised in 1749.)


The Lexington Practicum study of a model brigantine.General principles of working a ship.

Description of ship's parts with diagrams.

The art of tacking.


Marine Dictionary:

Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1780)


Instructions for the exercise and service of great guns, etc. (1858)

The seaman's catechismn and instructor in gunnery, etc (1868)

Both are official training manuals from the Royal Navy.

Navigation and seamanship:

John William Norie: A complete epitome of practical navigation (1852, 15th edition)

John William Norie: A complete set of nautical tables (1836, 8th edition)

Richard Henry Dana: The seaman's friend: containg a treatise on practical seamanship (1851, 6th edition)
James Lees: Dana's seaman's friend (1856, "new edition")

John McNeil Boyd: Manual for naval cadets (1864, 3rd edition)George Strong Nares: Seamanship (1868, 4th edition)Robert Kipping: Rudimentary treatise on masting, mast-making, and rigging of ships (1864, 9th edition)Stephen Bleecker Luce: Seamanship (1868, 4th edition)Diagrams:

Section and rigging of a third rate ship of war.

Mast and sail array of a frigate.

Rigging plan of a model brigantine.


Map of the West Indies accurate for circa 1740.

Other forum threads:

Questions about royal navy life

Historic Material and Research

History timeline

If you know of other resources, let me know and I'll add them to the list.

This post has been edited by Percival W. Legge on Sep 10 2010, 04:46 AM
Rodrigo Sol Valera
Posted: Jan 13 2010, 05:54 AM

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Posts: 470
Member No.: 70
Joined: 24-October 09

Some other resources which might be useful for a roleplay set in those times and places...

Ressources about fencing scenes and duels






How a sword was made


History of the Caribbean islands


Daily life in the 18-th century



British Society of those times (Culture, education, etiquette and many more details)


British economy (a little earlier than our game... but might do for the general overview)


Life in Colonial America in the 18-th century… the Caribbeans mustn’t be too far from it!


Think of writing a letter? Postal services in 18-th century


The cost of living


A history of Banking – which just started developing in this period


Resources regarding social events of that time can be found here

Credits: Thanks to Fluff from Age of Intrigue and all the others who helped me compile this far from exhaustive list!
Rodrigo Sol Valera
Posted: Feb 23 2010, 06:22 AM

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