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...
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...
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.
Daniel Hedge, Annette Williams
Liz's enthusiasm, dedication, and talent all make her an invaluable member of the BtQ community! Her recent character, Dr. Daniel Hedge has proved to be a fine addition to Steadfast's crew, and a source of brilliant posting. Her commitment to character development makes each of her posts a joy to read.
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|Percival W. Legge
1st Lieutenant, Steadfast
Member No.: 59
Joined: 31-August 09
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
, other forum threads
(in that order). Articles of war:
The "Articles of War" from 1661
. (First revised in 1749.)Websites: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
.Books:Marine Dictionary:Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine
(1780)Gunnery:Instructions for the exercise and service of great guns, etc.
(1858)The seaman's catechismn and instructor in gunnery, etc
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
(1868, 4th edition)
Robert Kipping: Rudimentary treatise on masting, mast-making, and rigging of ships
(1864, 9th edition)Stephen Bleecker Luce
(1868, 4th edition)Diagrams:
Section and rigging of a third rate ship of war
Mast and sail array of a frigate
of a model brigantine.Maps:Map of the West Indies
accurate for circa 1740.Other forum threads:Questions about royal navy lifeHistoric Material and ResearchHistory 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