Thursday, February 28

Images of Life at Sea 19


The purser's work space on board the Acasta. Image submitted by Acasta Purser, Brian Cushing.

Wednesday, February 27

Images of Life at Sea 18

... 10am light breezes NEbyN. Spoke a barcalonga out of Marsala - no news of the French, but purchased a quantity of fresh oranges...
Images of Port and Oranges submitted by Captain C. Bertani of HMS Cornwall (74) North Sea station.

Tuesday, February 26

Images of Life at Sea 17

'Rolette' under oars, with Gen. Sir Isaac Brock aboard.
Dale Kidd is a member of Provincial Marine Amherstburg, interpreting the role of the Provincial Marine squadron based at the King's Navy Yard at the mouth of the Detroit River in the War of 1812. Mr. Kidd portrays the Master at Arms of His Majesty's Brig General Hunter.
The Master-at-Arms' desktop.


Tuesday, February 19

Rules to be observed when pickling:

"Always use stone or glass jars for all sorts of pickles that require hot pickle to them. The first charge is the least, for these not only last longer, but keep the pickle better; for vinegar and salt will penetrade through any all earthen vessels, stone and glass is the only thing to keep pickles in. Be sure never to put your hands in to take pickles out, it will soon spoil it. The best is, to ever pot tie a wooden spoon full of little holes, to take the pickles out with."

I wish the Doctor's pickle jars had pickles to eat in em. All them jars is full of things I wouldn't dream of even touchin if my hide wrent on the line to put em in the jar. I worry he ent rigt in the head.

From the book: "The Servant's Directory, Improved" or "House Keeper's Companion; Wherein the duties of the Chamber-maid, Nursery-maid, House-maid, Laundry-maid, Scullion or Undercook, are fully and distinctly explained. To which is added, Cookery and Pickling sufficient to qualify a person to act as THOROUGH SERVANT in any family."

Monday, February 18

A Return to Bermuda


Bermuda, 18th Feb 1813

The Acasta has return'd to the Navy Dockyard after a fruitless search for the American frigate that chased HMS Dotterel at the first of this month. The Acasta, as well as the other ships of the search party, the Ramillies and Dotterel, found no evidence of the mystery frigate after our extended hunt.

Whoever she might have been, she must have been fast and well ahead of us.

The Acasta is scheduled to return to the blockade in the North American Station after taking on fresh water and provisions. I need to go ashore and procure some medicinals to refresh some of my depleted stores. I will plan my trip ashore in such a way as to be of a sufficient length that I might get a decent meal while in town.

Thursday, February 14

St. Valentine's Day 1813

While out upon the blockade, especially upon this St. Valentine's Day, I often wonder what my Miss Waterman is up to at home. Visiting friends, socializing, card playing or about her piano forte. 



Wednesday, February 13

Taking Tea

The assembled Acastas from L to R: Mr. Raley, Doctor Roberts, Lt Ramsey & Ship's Purser Mr. Cushing.




Our complete assembled aprty.





Friday, February 8

Signal from HMS Ramillies

The Acasta, in company with HMS Ramillies and Dotterel, was sent out from the Royal Navy Dockyard at Bermuda in search of an American Frigate that is reported to be in the area. We have been on the lookout for several days.

Today, the Ramillies came within sight and was flying her signal flags. Fetch your copy of Popham's Signal Book and translate that signal stright away! Be sure to post your results in the comment area below.


Thursday, February 7

The Butcher's Bill aboard HMS Amelia

Lieutenant Pascoe reported back on 3 February that he had sighted a force consisting of three ships. Two were the French frigates Aréthuse and Rubis. The third ship was a Portuguese prize, La Serra, which they were unloading before sailing to intercept British merchant vessels, a convoy from England being expected daily. 

The master and the rest of the crew from Daring arrived in a cartel, having given their parole, and confirmed Lieutenant Pascoe's report. Standing in towards Tamara on 6 February, Captain Irby met the government schooner Princess Charlote and learned that the two frigates were anchored a considerable distance apart. Although he was not aware of it, Rubis, the southernmost one, had struck a rock, which had disabled her. The Aréthuse weighed and stood out to sea followed by Amelia, Captain Irby having hopes of enticing her into action. 

For nearly four hours they exchanged fire, throughout which Aréthuse used the usual French practice of firing high. Having cut Amelia's sails and running and standing rigging to pieces, the French ship bore up. Twice during the action the enemy had attempted to board but the marines, under the command of Lieutenant Simpson of the Royal Marines, drove them back.
John Christian Schetky, "HMS Amelia Chasing the French Frigate Aréthuse 1813"

Herewith I transmit a list of the killed and wounded, and I have the honour to be, &c.
FREDRICK PAUL IRBY, Captain
John Wilson Cocker, Esq.
&c. &c. &c.

List of Killed and Wounded on board His Majesty's Ship Amelia, Commodore the Honourable Frederick Paul Irby, on the 7th day of February 1813.

KILLED.

John James Bates, lieutenant. 

John Pope, ditto. 

George Wills, ditto. 

William R. Pascoe, ditto, late commander of the Daring gun-vessel. 

John Bogue, late purser of the Thais. 

Charles Kennicott, midshipman. 

James Meddal, quarter-master.

George Cooper, able seaman.

John Wilson (1), ditto. 

John Brown (3), ordinary seaman. 

Samuel M'Kenza, ordinary seaman.

John Welch, ditto. 

Roger Vivian, able seaman.

James Greig, caulker. 

Saul Therre, ordinary seaman. 

Michael Laughlin, ditto. 

Thomas Gardner, ditto. 

Charles Squires, quarter gunner. 

Peter Blair, ditto. 

Robert Shearer, able seaman.

James Laughton, ditto. 

James White, ditto. 

George Edwards, carpenter's crew, 

William Matthews, landman. 

John Dirks, ordinary seaman.
John Corlett, landman.
Alexander Finesson, ordinary seaman.
Hugh Williams, ditto.
John Hayes, landman.
Thomas Crispin, ditto.
Abraham Tebball, able seaman.
William Hammond, supernumerary boy (3rd class).
William Hall, ditto.
George Brown, deserter from the Fisgard.
William Scott, captain of the forecastle, late of the Daring.
John Lawless, ladman, ditto.
Hugh Norton, ditto, ditto.
Anthony Newstub, supernumerary boy (3rd class), ditto.
R. G. Grainger, second lietenant of the marines.
Thomas Smith, serjeant of marines.
Thomas Shefton, private marine.
John Barber, ditto.
William Sneyd, ditto.
Louis Jones, ditto.
Richard Lang, ditto.
William Marshall, ditto, late of the Daring.

Total Killed ------ 46 

Since dead.

David Wells, landman.
Anthony Francisco, ordinary seaman.
Simon Carter, private marine.
Peter Bartlett, ditto, late of the Daring.
Robert Francis, serjeant of marines.

Total killed, and since dead -------51
"HMS Amelia in action with the French Frigate Aréthuse, 1813"
WOUNDED. 

Dangerously. 

John Parkinson, boatswain. 

Edward Robinson, master's mate, 

George Albert Rix, midshipman. 

John Newbury, able seaman. 

Joseph Gowcr, ditto. 

Patrick M'Evoy, landman. 

Jeremiah Edwards, ordinary seaman. 

Edward Cole, captain of the after guard. 

Robert Dunning, able seaman. 

Thomas Smith (1), landman. 

John Hill (2), able seaman. 

David Wells, landman. 

William Francis, Serjeant of marines. 

Daniel Goodall, private. 

Simon Carter, private. 

Thomas Coleman, ditto. 


Total 16. 

Severely.

Captain Irby of the Amelia
Honourable F. P. Irby, captain.

John Otto, quarter gunner. 

John Watson, ship's corporal. 

Robert Creer, landman. 

Thomas Pearce, landman.

John Cooley, ordinary seaman. 

Richard Poole, eaptain of the forecastle.

Thomas Hood, landman. 

Robert Craid, ditto. 

Benjamin Daniel Smith, able seaman.

John Brookman, landman. 

John Bombay, able seaman. 

Peter le Page, ditto. 

William Rouse, landman. 

Man. Faibo, ordinary seaman. 

Adam Watson, able seaman. 

Joseph Saunders, ditto. 

Antonio Francisco, ordinary seaman.
Jeptha Leech, quarter master.
William Welch, landman.
John McManus, ordinary seaman.
James Cribbs, supernumerary boy (2nd class).
John McLeary, gunner's-mate, late of the Daring.
Samuel Hardy, landman, ditto.
Edward Roberts, able seaman, ditto.
Richard Smith, private marine.
William Smith, ditto.
Thomas Bobbett, ditto.
James Webb, ditto.
Edward Ward, ditto.
John McDonald, ditto.
William Rambridge, corporal of marines, late of the Daring.
William Higgetts, private marine, ditto.
William Jones, ditto, ditto.
Peter Bartlett, ditto, ditto.

Total 35

Slightly.

William Reeve, lieutenant, late of the Kangaroo.
Anthony De Mayne, master.
John Collman, purser.
Thomas D. Buckle, midshipman.
George T. Gooch, ditto.
Arthur Beever, (1st class).
John Soames, able seaman.
Stephen Fyfe, ordinary seaman.
Thomas Thomas, ditto.
John William Bennett, landman.
Mig. Pinto, ditto.
Samuel McGregory, ordinary seaman.
Edward Thompson, able seaman.
William Newby, quarter-master.
John Brown (5), sail-maker's mate.
John Redhead, quarter-gunner.
Samuel Ely, landman.
Erasmus Anderson, quarter-master's-mate.
Michael Ayres, landman. 

Wilmot Carr, quarter-gunner.

John Brown (2), ordinary seaman.

John Narrington, able seaman. 

Joseph Hazlegrove, ordinary seaman.

James Mills, ordinary seaman.

James Perry, landman. 

Daniel M'Manus, (3d class).
Henry Piper, ordinary seaman, late of the Daring.
William Higgins, ditto, 3d class, ditto. 

John Simpson, first lieutenant of marines, 

John Skinner, private ditto. 

James Healey, ditto. 

John Sidebottom, ditto. 

David Hughes, ditto. 

Richard Dauncey, ditto. 

Patrick Clarke, ditto. 

Mark M'Donald, ditto.

Nathaniel Warwick, ditto. 

James Farrell, ditto. 

William Tankard, carpenter's crew. 

Robert Dickens, private marine. 

William Griffiths, late of the Daring, ditto, 

Steward Sutherland, supernumerary. 

David Fulton, ditto. 

Edward Garnish, ditto. 


Total 44. 

Total wounded. 
Dangerously 16 

Severely 35 

Slightly 44 
______________
Total 95 

(Signed) FRED. PAUL IRBY, Captain. 
STEPHEN WILLIAMSON, Surgeon.
 taken from "Bulletins of the campaign [compiled from the London gazette]." pgs. 148-149.

Wednesday, February 6

Don't let the Press Gang catch you...

Detail from the painting "The Press Gang" by Johnston.
The Acasta is looking for quality reenactors
to portray English sailors circa 1800-1812
Our organization seeks to educate via a series of first person activities designed to demonstrate the real lives of sailors as they go about their business etc. Landing Parties, Surveying Crews, Recruitment Drives, Press Gangs, Shore Leave... these are but a few of the activities that our crew will undertake whilst encamped at an event. 

First, be sure to read the Clothing guidelines for Acasta Sailors

Then check out our Philosophy

If these sound like a good fit for you, then you may have what it takes to be an Acasta!

NO CLOTHING? NO PROBLEM... 
We might just be able to help you out in that respect... Email Albert Roberts today to find out more about joining the crew at:
Want some cheater's hints at how to get in good with the officers? 

Here's what we're looking for in new members. Someone who is motivated to learn and share their knowledge, someone who knows about the position that they're portraying, someone who can act in the manner befitting the station that they portray. First-person and acting skills (no 'Monty Python' accents need apply). And don't forget to salute!