Till the 15th century England had no permanent navy to defend itself against sea-borne aggression. Thus, five ports in the South East – the region most vulnerable to invasion – contracted with the Crown to provide a defensive fleet when required. In return they enjoyed extensive privileges, rather like those of the Hanseatic Ports.
Artist: Leslie Matthew Ward, aka SPY, 1851-1922 Lithograph Feb. 16, 1905 — Vanity Fair portrait, Men of the Day
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas George Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (aka Dickie) 1900 – 1979; uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and second cousin once removed to Elizabeth II.
Thanksgiving. Yeah, it’s Pilgrims and Indians and football and pumpkin pie, but the main (and often over-looked) character of the traditional story is a ship. A sea adventure embarked upon by a group of non-mariners. Charter vessels that carried a human cargo of religious separatists from their woodsy home in Scrooby; first to Leiden in the Netherlands, and ultimately across the Atlantic ocean to the English colonies in the New World.
I had lost my job and my marriage when I saw Bounty for the first time. I wanted to stowaway, cast off, and leave the ruins of my life behind—and Bounty let me. Yet I left far more than grief on land; what mattered at home—education, achievements, appearance—was irrelevant at sea. It was unsettling to abandon all that I thought defined me. I sat in the galley with the other deckhands and wondered what they understood from my face…
Referred to as “the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”, the Old Royal Naval College is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, and is designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as being of “outstanding universal value”...
It’s been a long time since Miss Monkey has taken a swig, exclaimed “WOW, who made this?” and pulled the bottle sufficient distance from her eyeballs to read the tiny print. Check for availability in your area and go get some. If your local craft-brew retailer doesn’t carry it, fuss at them. It’s worth it.
Pyrate Fleet “An array of year-round and seasonal beers, the Pyrate Fleet showcases our renditions of robust beer styles.”