This is NOT the St. Valentine’s Day You’re Thinking Of…

Before a specific Valentine’s Day during the Napoleonic Wars, the location was already well-known. Not only had Sir Francis Drake conducted some of his pirating in the area, but those in Neolithic, ancient Greek, and ancient Roman times called it sacred. The Greeks erected a temple to Heracles. The Romans called it Promontorium Sacrum (The Read More …

Pride Goeth Before the Fall…The Story of the Nelson Sarcophagus

The title of the post comes from Proverbs 16:18. It is usually shortened as I’ve done, but the actual verse from the King James Version is as follows: ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.’ In a way, it seems appropriate in telling a bit of the story of the sarcophagus Read More …

Gaslight Historic Event – January 9th…

NOTE: Contains some pathological/forensic details some readers might wish to take into consideration. He died at the hands of a sniper on October 21st, 1805. Originally, another vessel involved in the Battle of Trafalgar was given the grim transport assignment. When the crew of the Victory came close to mutinying, it was decided she would Read More …

On This Date…

Patrick O’Brian, best known as the author of the Jack Aubrey-Stephen Maturin series, died January 2nd, 2000 in Dublin, Ireland. He was buried with his wife, Mary, at Nouveau Cimetière de Collioure (New Cemetery Collioure) in the Pyrenees, France. It had been to this Catalan town in southern France where – post-World War II – the Read More …

Belated Happy Birthday…

On December 12th, 1914 in Buckinghamshire, England, Richard Patrick Russ was born to Charles and Jessie Russ, and was the eighth of nine children. In August of 1945, Richard Patrick took the name Patrick O’Brian by which he is now known. Although the writer of numerous novels and short stories, as well as biographies, he Read More …

Napoleon and Josephine…

Capt. Jack Aubrey: Do you want to see a guillotine in Piccadilly? Crew: No! Capt. Jack Aubrey: Want to call that raggedy-ass Napoleon your king? Crew: No! Capt. Jack Aubrey: You want your children to sing the La Marseillaise? Crew: NO! From Captain Jack Aubrey’s address to his crew before the final battle: Master and Commander: Read More …

Belated Anniversary…A Historic Date

It was a cold, snowy day in Paris on the second of December 1804. Dressed in his “long white satin tunic embroidered in gold thread,” “a white velvet vest with gold embroidery and diamond buttons, a crimson velvet tunic and a short crimson coat with satin lining,” as well as an eighty pound “coronation mantle, Read More …

Belated Historic Date: 29th September 1758

On this date, in the parsonage house in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England, the sixth child of eleven children of Reverend Edmund Nelson and Catherine Suckling was born. He became one of the greatest heroes in the history of Great Britain – as well as someone admired by Captain Jack Aubrey: Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Read More …

Captain Kirk & Goldilocks

Because it is the 50th anniversary of the appearance of Gene Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the Stars,” IOW Star Trek, I cannot help but remember feeling the excitement and allure of a future of dashing about the galaxy in search of alien worlds, alien life and alien experiences. I also remember falling in love with Read More …