Posted by Katariina on July 02, 1997 at 07:17:15:
In reply to Re: Ships posted by Caroline on July 01, 1997 at 19:36:47
] 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?
True. I just thought she might have used real ships her brothers had told her about or so. But seen that way, it doesn't make much sense.
] 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!
I actually went looking for these sites yesterday, and I found some interesting ones, but there is so much information that it becomes quite difficult.
I also found lots of stuff in Swedish. The vikings are still enthusiastic about ships. ;-) Unfortunately I don't think my Swedish is good enough to translate them, perhaps some of the swedes here could help? But sometimes, I must say, it is a blessing to live in bilingual country... :-)
] 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!
This sounds great! I am soooo envious! Have fun.
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