Well, you’re definitely not alone in crying over ships! :’) There are quite a few Age of Sail fans on tumblr. Mostly on the Napoleonic Wars side of things, but considering the overlap with the Aubrey-Maturin fandom, I’m sure there’ll be some folks who’d be happy to hear more about the natural philosophising, too. :)
Aw see, I’m just a big fraud. *hangs head* My focus is more on naval warfare and things going boom. Generally I’m the one in the corner getting emotional over Nelson or Broke or someone like that. But I’m getting better! I find the Bounty story fascinating, too, though my knowledge about that is pretty general, and thanks to cuddlytogas, who’s more on the exploratory side than me (they are my go-to person for anything about Endeavour or the Northwest Passage), I’m getting more into Banks and Cook et al. Also not long ago, I picked up a book about Scottish botanists (most of whom I recognised from the Banks biography!), so I’m hoping to have a proper look at that soon. :)
Oooooh, that experience sounds promising! DO TELL. Are you a sailor? :D
Tbh, I have no idea how this works. >.> A second tumblr might well answer, or we could just keep to flailing at random, which seems to be working so far. XD
Okay so to expound on this post and maybe introduce myself a bit, I wouldn’t say I’m a sailor, I’m a landsman who went to sea :P The difference is notable, and probably why I love those gentlemen who went with Banks because they weren’t sailors, either, they were out of their element, they went not only because they needed the job, but because they wanted to see the world, and they endured a really outrageous journey for that purpose. And of course I liked the draughtsmen best because I draw a lot myself.
So kind of like them, I went because I wanted to see the world and I wanted to find out what it was like to see it from a tall ship.
Cue most amazing six month journey that I will never ever top, ever. Especially since the ship is no more :(
But I did learn how to make knots, splice, use a marlinspike, climb, furl, unfurl, reef, caulk, belay, coil, and a million other little things. It wasn’t the 18th century, but it sure as hell wasn’t the 21st century out there, either. And it definitely made reading Patrick O’Brian a lot easier! Suddenly I knew where they’re all going when they’re scrambling about the rigging.
Anyway, research done and enjoyed. Sailing as in the wind and the sea and how to use them to make your ship go, I haven’t a clue, but I’ll tell you how to hoist the mainsail line by line if you just give me a moment to remember.
I don’t know why I’m into the Bounty story when it has zero to do with my background and heritage, don’t ask me, I can’t answer. But ten years after I first saw ‘Bounty’ with Hopkins and Gibson, and then picked up ‘The Bounty’ by Caroline Alexander, I’m still not bored. Studying Bounty means studying Bligh means studying Cook means soooo many tangents. I love it.
Over the last year this has begun to turn into a serious thing, I’m actually in the process of shooting a documentary about the Bounty as told through the women who sailed away with her. By ‘in the process of shooting’ I mean I’ve put myself in mad debt filming 60+ hours of interviews and am now trying to refine a pitch to find a producer. The cool part is I’ve got descendants involved- the dude who’s co-writing and co-directing and co-everything this with me is a direct descendant of the fellow who allegedly burned the ship on Pitcairn.
Anywhoooo… there’s research, there’s common interest, and then there’s fandom, which is a bit more shameless and reckless and loony. The idea of playing around with the Endeavour story and sharing ridiculous headcanons with people who won’t look at me like I’m crazy is veeeery appealing. :D
What is the title of that book about Scottish botanists, pray tell? :)
Oh my God, that sounds… just absolutely incredible! I am so, so jealous, though I’d never be able to do anything like that! Tell all, please! Where did you go? What were you doing? :DD But if I need any obscure details about reefing or splicing, I know who to pester now! ;)
I’m the same - I got into the Age of Sail a couple of years ago, completely by mistake, no idea how it happened, but now it’s taken over my brain. And you’re right, so many tangents! It’s neverending! One fascinating person or event leads onto about ten others! :D
What books would you recommend about the Bounty? My knowledge is pretty piecemeal, so it’d be nice to read a few decent books on it, too. I quite like the Hopkins film too; I thought it did a pretty decent job of humanising Bligh. I have to confess a bit of a secret soft spot for Bligh anyway, if only for the fact that he was one of the captains who acquitted my own bb William Beatty during the stupidest court martial ever. (those tangents again!) XD
Oh, wow, that really does sound interesting! I’d love to hear more about that (if you’re at liberty to say, of course). The women’s story would be especially fascinating. I think I remember reading somewhere that Ned Young(?) wrote that most of them had actually been kidnapped.
Heh, I know the feeling. Fandom is where you can let go and go mad with speculation without having to justify it too much! ;) The other night me and Togas were talking about the brothers Monkhouse - just imagining them doing brotherly things together during their spare time, like fishing over the side, or Jonathan skylarking and laughing at William because he can’t even manage to climb six feet, William threatening Jonathan with an impromtu lithotomy, then after all that they get to Batavia and… oh, I made myself sad again! :’(
The book is called Seeds of Blood and Beauty, by Ann Lindsay. I just saw it in a clearance bookshop and picked it up cheap - but I recognised some of the names, like Francis Masson and Archibald Menzies, from the Joe Banks biography, so I figured what the hell. I’m actually pretty tempted to bump it up to the top of the reading pile now! :)