Within the context of the 21st century, the Captain of the HMS Acasta is Robert Fryman, a soft-spoken and eccentric instructor of German and Military History at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia. Prior to arriving at MMA, Fryman earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh concentrating in the historical archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries and previously taught as a professor of Anthropology at Kent State University and Georgia State University. He is an active bridge officer in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and brings his love of the sea to his interpretations of 18th and 19th century sailing.
spends his much of his “copious” free time researching and studying the
naval technology and sailing practices of the British and American
navies of the 18th & 19th centuries. He most commonly can be found
in his study at “Friedlichkeit”, his home in the Shenandoah Valley,
poring over period manuals, journals, and historical fiction relating to
the “Age of Fighting Sail.”
not pacing the windward side of the quarter deck of the HMS Acasta, or
teaching German in a classroom, Fryman stays busy reading, researching,
and chasing after his dachshund, the Herzogin Audrey, affectionately
known as “Tuti”.