Posted by Caroline on July 01, 1997 at 19:36:47:
In reply to Ships posted by Katariina on July 01, 1997 at 08:04:59
] Does anyone know if the ships JA refers to (such as the Laconia and the Thrush) really existed? I'm also curious to know what the ships were like and how they lived on board. Any ideas? Any convenient web pages or books for reference? I have only studied very briefly the history of Finnish shipping. I'm interested but know nothing.
I do not know,but I suspect, that those two ships, and the Asp, are figments of Jane Austen's imagination. She never wrote about real people, or real houses, so why write about real ships?
As to on-line resources;
You probably are aware that we have to be very careful about links, Katariina, but I can point you in the right direction.
If you go into the Yahoo search engine, type in "Horatio Nelson". You will find two sites. One is a brief biography of the great man, including the names of all the ships he ever served on. Another is a copy of all his letters and dispatches at the Battle of Trafalgar. Very interesting!
His flagship was called the Victory, and it is open to the public in Portsmouth, England. Again, if you get into Yahoo, type in "HMS Victory" you will get the official website with lots of pictures of the ship. I climbed all over it when I was about ten, pretending to be a pirate!
Below, I have put in a URL to an absolutely enormous web-page of History links. Scroll down untilyou find the "maritime history" section and play around in there. Just remember, that we do not have permission to make a permanant link to this place, so book-mark it! Some of the maritime links are in SWEDISH- can someone translate them for me? I find this place fascinating!
Lastly, something that is very tentative, and I wasn't going to mention it, but since the subject has come up..........
There is a small town north of Toronto called Penetanguishene, which was a British Naval and Army base from 1812 to 1823. They have reconstructed the Naval and Army buildings, dredged up two ships that were scuttled in the harbour there, and opened the site to the public. I first went there about two years ago, before the main bout of Austenmania hit North America.Now, here's the bit that excites me. The two ships , named the TECUMSETH and the BEE have been reproduced, down to the last knot and sail. And I am going to sail on the Tecumseth this summer!(Keep your fingers crossed that none of the other things cluttering up my life at the moment stop me from going!) They are building their website now, but so far I havn't been able to find it on the computer, and they don't know why. They have given permission for a link, so I'll keep trying and talking to them........And if, and when, I get to sail, I'll tell you all about it!
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