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July 29, 2016

Hen ships;

When a square-rigger that was manned for war or trade, carried a female it was known as a “hen ship”. Females were not unwelcome on board but they posed problems for the crew when they could not be shared around. And if they were shared around you could alway...

July 29, 2016

Reflections on the circumnavigation of Sir Francis Drake:

Drake’s big voyage around the globe, more accidental than intentional was a milestone in English history. Not until then had any Englishman done anything quite like it. They had the wars and battles and heroes. K...

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