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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    * I believe that in the Royal Navy the term for the toilet is Head not the plural Heads.
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    RN - plural
    USN - singular

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    The Captain of the Heads was the name given to the crew-member whose duties included cleaning the heads, and those parts of the ship’s hull beneath them that inevitably got soiled. This duty was given to a minor recalcitrant, and so the title was gleefully passed on quickly to the next ‘victim’.
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    Thanks for the correction Dave. i knew it was different just got it back to front!
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Able Cat Emily is a crewmember on the Old Barky Sarky and appears in many AB&OS cartoons strips – usually taking about as much notice of what is going on as she is here – if that much (much as she carries on in real life in Galf’s home).

    The Brodie Stove was introduced in the 1780s and was always extinguished during action. On a 74 gun ship, such as HMS Sardonique, it would be used to prepare meals for a crew of about 620, in a single sitting for roughly 80% of them.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The Jaunty is/was the seamen’s name for the Master-at-Arms, or the ship’s policeman, who was one of the Bosun’s mates. Not always the most popular crew member with the ‘other ranks’ because the Jaunty’s main calling in life was to prevent them doing what comes naturally.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    About this the cartoonist wrote,"George Washington referred to Congressman John Trumbull as “my Brother Jonathan”, which became the generic term for New Englanders, and soon for all North Americans.

    If any Jonathans are reading this – of course you are not as arrogant, big-headed and loud-mouthed as us Limeys – it’s just a cartoon joke!

    This year (2012) is the two hundredth anniversary of the start of The American War (1812-14), which was basically a trade war. Britain was at war with France and America wanted to trade with the French, which Britain didn’t like. So Britain stopped and searched American ships for goods on the way to France and if they found British seamen on board, pressed them into the RN, neither of which America liked. So, obviously, the only solution was to go to war. The war was finally stopped when all the talking that should have happened before happened afterwards – as with all wars."

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    Good to get a bit of historical background into the thread.
    Thanks Dave.
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    Galf frequently provides a footnote to his cartoons, Rob. About this one he wrote,"Abie and Os are smoking their pipes beside HMS Sardonique‘s Brodie stove, which is the only place crew members were allowed to smoke."

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    Unfortunately my source does not have any footnotes Dave.
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    Jemmy Ducks was the name given to the crew-member whose duties included looking after any live animals on board. The walking larder, so to speak (not the seaman, the animals!).

    ‘Boning’ was the seamen’s term for acquiring something by persuasion, not always legitimately – although in a case such as this, his crew-mate would usually have been treated fairly.

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    Thanks for posting these I enjoy them

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    Thank you very much, Alastair. It is always good to hear that one's efforts are appreciated.

    If you know any nautical jokes, please join in. This thread is not just for Rob and I.

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    The Astute Class are nuclear-powered attack submarines.

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    About this, Galf wrote,"

    HMS Sardonique is getting paid off into Ordinary when she gets home. Ordinary is where they keep warships that may be of use later on, so they are kept in good order, but not fully manned or equipped.

    I think Os’s and Abie’s dreams are self-explanatory. Privateers are warships licensed by the state to attack vessels of an enemy state, ostensibly in reprisal for misdemeanours by that state against our shipping. Licensed piracy, in other words.

    The Pusser is the purser, notoriously venal."

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