The Mauritius Campaign
Bruce Trinque, an esteemed member of the Gunroom, passed away last year. His family has given me permission to host an article he wrote many years ago which describes the history behind The Mauritius Command. It's and excellent read and I am honoured to include it on this site:
Mapping of The Reverse of the Medal Complete
My map of the events in The Reverse of the Medal is complete. The course from Barbados was pretty straightforward, though I think I could have done better around the encounter with the third (and true) Spartan. I think I may revisit this part of the course and see if I can add more detail. The end of this book was mostly set in London, with the trial and pillory, so this map has lots of interesting places scattered around the city.
I fell behind my one year per book rate for this volume (it took almost sixteen months) so I need to pick up my pace to finish the series in seven years. There's not a moment to lose!
The Catalans - Patrick O'Brian
Enjoyed this far more than Richard Temple. It is amazing the difference a likeable protagonist makes.
Richard Temple - Patrick O'Brian
Just didn't really care what happened to this guy by the end of the novel.
Mapping of The Far Side of the World Complete
My map of the events in The Far Side of the World is complete. Most of the voyage was replete with references to well known rivers, capes, islands and atols making this map easier than most. I am probably least happy with the back and forth around Valparaiso (where I tried to stay true to the references in the book but was left feeling unsatisfied with the results) and the last dogleg around the prodigious storm that hit the Surprise directly after Jack and Stephen's rescue.
It has been six years since I last read The Far Side of the World and I had forgotten much and thus enjoyed mapping this volume all the more. Completing this map in ten months means I am beating my average by a couple of months and am now on track to finish the series in a bit under seven years. Hurrah!