"Landsman Hay" by Robert Hay, edited by Vicent McInerney
An excellent and very readable first hand account. Hay is often quoted in other books about tars and the Royal Navy.
Hay runs away from home as a boy and ends up an officer's servant aboard a Royal navy ship. For the next eight years he serves in various capacities, deserts, gets recaptured by a press gang, experiences combat and is posted to the East Indies. Eventually he deserts again and escapes for good.
In the event you haven't noticed, we research and write a LOT, there's always something new to discover on the Acasta website. You can find specific content by following the labels at the bottoms of each day's posts, or by clicking on the links below. Let us know what your favorite stuff is:
200th - Posts with this label are posts that have to do with the 200th anniversary of some event that took place during the War of 1812. Either with the Acasta herself, or the war in general. Want to know what was happening on a particular date? Here you go.
Apple - Posts with this label are either written BY or about Acasta ship's carpenter Mr. Jas. Apple.
Baptiste - Posts with this label are either written BY or about the Acasta Surgeon's Mate.
Book Review - These posts take a look at books written about Naval subjects of interest.
Capt Hurlbut - Posts with this label are either written BY or about Captain Tom Hurlbut, friend to the Acasta. Capture- Information regarding historical captures made by the Acasta during her service.
CFNA- Posts related to the organization known as Crown Forces North America (CFNA).
Event Invite - These posts are invitations to the general public to attend specific historic events. A great way to figure out where the Acasta crew will be during the year!
History - Posts involving the REAL history of HMS Acasta or her crew
HMS Bounty - Articles or images concerning this particular vessel.
HMS Victory - Articles or images concerning this particular vessel.
Hollybrass - Posts with this label are either written BY or about Acasta crew member Samuel Hollybrass, a generally unpleasant sort of fellow.
Images - This label is given to any post that is picture heavy. Looking for lots of awesome War of 1812 or Royal Navy recreation pictures? Look no further! The Acasta has been gifted with some amazing photography over the years from a variety of sources.
In The News - Historical news articles that make mention of the Acasta or her crew.
Jane Austen Festival - Given to any post that has to do with the annual Jane Austen Festival that is held every July in Louisville, KY.
Letter Writing - Posts relating to writing letters that look to be from the period portrayed by HMS Acasta. Great help if you wish to participate in the Mail Packet project.
LIST - This label is given to the series of reenactor list, Ways to improve, the best and worst things about the hobby, stupid questions asked by the public and so forth.
Lt. Hamilton - Posts with this label are either written BY or about Acasta ship's First Lieutenant Jim Hamilton.
Master & Commander - Posts that have to do with the Aubrey-Maturin series of books by author Patrick O'Brian or the 2003 movie.
Mail Packet - This label will involve letters (real or digital) sent or received by Acasta crew. It also occasionally has to do with a call to readers for letters, a fun project for authors and historians alike!
Medical Journal - These posts have to do with entries in the Surgeon's log book. Some are transcriptions from log books of the period, some are fictional.
Miscellany - A grab bag of odds and ends posts that couldn't really be labeled anything else.
Mission 1 - All posts pertain to the Acasta's first play test of the "Spy Game", a first person activity played between teams at Mississinewa 1812.
Mission 2 - A writing exercise by members of the crew involving the 1813 chase of the US vessel, 'Young Teazer'
Mission 3 - These posts involve the Doctor's special assignment to take part in a mock Naval assault at Niagara on the Lake.
Mission 4 - The Acastas go ashore at the Fair at New Boston in an attempt to catch a spy, and the Doctor gets engaged!
Mission X - All posts related to the Doctor's covert mission to France.
Mississinewa 1812 - Given to any post that has to do with the annual Mississinewa 1812 event that is held every October in Marion, IN.
Music - Music or lyrics (or both) to old period songs.
New Boston - Given to any post that has to do with the annual Fair at New Boston event that is held every Labor Day Weekend near Springfield, Ohio.
Press Gang - Content and images from the Acasta's Press Ganging activities at events.
Real Crew - Posts with this label are either written by or about REAL historical members of the crew of the Acasta between 1797-1815.
Red Box - Content and images having to do with the "Red Box' game.
Signal Flags - These posts involve images and information having to do with this means of communication during the War of 1812. Sometimes they even involve fun messages to be decoded!
Tall Ship - Posts with this label contain information about or images of tall ships.
The Doctor - Posts with this label are either written BY or about Acasta ship's surgeon Albert Roberts
Toasts - information pertaining to the Daily Royal Naval Toasts given at dinner.
Vassermann - Posts with this label are either written BY or about the Surgeon's personal servant James Vassermann.
Video - Any post with a video or a link to a video in it can be found here.
Wedding - These image heavy posts are all about the Doctor's 1813 style wedding.