Wednesday, January 20, 2010
But my favorite ship was the HMS Surprise. This was the same ship used in the film, Master and Commander! Can you imagine? I was in heaven.
The frigate was the most glamorous type of ship in the British Navy. It was big enough to carry a significant gun power, but fast enough to evade larger enemies. Usually frigates were given independent roles such as escorts, commercial raiding and patrols. It often fought in single ship actions against enemy frigates. The frigate could house a crew of close to 200 men who lived, slept, worked and ate in very close quarters. Fresh water was a luxury and the men were usually given grog (water mixed with rum) to drink. Food consisted of dried meats and a biscuit called tack which was hard and crusty and often contained weevils.
Here’s one of the cannons on the gun deck:
The ship that is now anchored in the Balitmore harbor is a reconstructed version of the original Constellation. The new US Sloop-of-War Constellation was launched in August 1854 and sent on diplomatic missions overseas as part of the US Mediterranean Squandron. During the civil war, the Constellation returned to the Mediterranean where she protected US Commerce and chased Confederatre raiders.
The gun deck:
I traveled to Baltimore to research the next series I’m writing entitled Surrender to Destiny. This series is set in Baltimore during the War of 1812. For those of you who don’t know much about the War of 1812, the main friction between the US and Britain revolved around shipping rights. The British were stealing men off of our merchant ships and impressing them into their navy. (As well as stirring up Indians to attack our frontier) Repeated attempts to stop them failed, finally resulting in a declaration of war. At that time, our navy only had 6 frigates, 3 sloops of war and 7 smaller vessels. Compare that to the British Royal Navy who had 600 Warships, 120 Ships of the line, and 120 Frigates!
M.L. Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but expose Christians to their full potential in Christ. For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her website at http://www.mltyndall.com or her blog at http://crossandcutlass.blogspot.com/