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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 33

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 33 Von Siegroth pointed to the pendulum hanging from the foremast. “The ship’s officers can use that to judge the roll, and instruct the gun captains accordingly. We’ve also equipped each gun carriage with … Continue reading

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Council Of Fire – Snippet 09

Council Of Fire – Snippet 09 Chapter 5 This is the end of the world Aboard HMS Namur The coast was more visible in the morning, with the seas calm and the wind scarcely blowing–the best sort of weather for … Continue reading

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Council Of Fire – Snippet 08

Council Of Fire – Snippet 08 O’Brien did not seem the least discomfited by sleeping on the deck, under the overhanging shelter aft of the pilothouse. No complaints reached the admiral’s ears; but while he was making his rounds of … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 32

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 32 Chapter 21 On board the Rode Draak Liu Xiang’s Eagle’s Claw was sailed into position by a skeleton crew. Once they got there, they quickly reduced sail. That was an easy task on … Continue reading

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Council Of Fire – Snippet 07

Council Of Fire – Snippet 07 Chapter 4 The keepers of the house shall tremble Aboard HMS Namur In the Atlantic Ocean If he had been able to sleep that night, Admiral Edward Boscawen might not have survived the experience. … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 31

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 31 After their somewhat ignominious departure from Guangzhou, the Rode Draak and the Groen Feniks had hoisted ensigns that Yan the Swallow had brought with him. They indicated that they were sailing under the … Continue reading

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Council Of Fire – Snippet 06

Council Of Fire – Snippet 06 Chapter 3 One word over and over. Lands of the Six Nations The night of the Change had been still and cold, with no hint of the coming spring. But still, there had been … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 30

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 30 Chapter 20 Year of the Pig, Fourth Month (May 16-June 14, 1635) On the deck of the Eagle’s Claw, off Tianwei Point Zheng Zhilong stood on the deck of Liu Xiang’s flagship, the … Continue reading

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Council Of Fire – Snippet 05

Council Of Fire – Snippet 05 “That does not mean I listen to everything they say. And you know well, Monsieur Intendant, that they often do as they please regardless of what I say. But say on, Governor. What do … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 29

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 29 “I think I have heard of your brother….” That was an understatement.  According to Mike’s teachers back in Taiwan, Zheng Zhilong was a former pirate chieftain who was offered an admiralty, used his … Continue reading

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