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|Monday, January 17th, 2005|
Claim a Horatio Character!
Hi all! There is a new community called "Horatio Hornblower Claims" which, for those of you who are unfamiliar with claims communities, allows each member to "claim" a character of his/her own! (a fantasy I'm sure many of us have indulged in!)
Please come check it out, join and claim a character!horatio_claims
[cross posted] Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004|
|Monday, September 13th, 2004|
I happened to stumble upon an old Livejournal entry of mine about the Dutch in the second Anglo-Dutch war, and how Michiel de Ruyter sailed up the Thames destroying the English fleet in their very own port, whilst taking their flagship as a prize. I thought I'd share ;)
( And this the Dutchman knowsCollapse ) Current Mood: tired
|Friday, August 27th, 2004|
|Thursday, August 12th, 2004|
|Tuesday, August 10th, 2004|
I don't think this entirely in lieu with the point and purpose of this community, all the same what I am posting here might, hopefully, spark some interest. If not I apologise for the inconvenience and will slowly see this entry sink beneath the waves of the digital ether.
I am currently reading several biographies on famous Dutch admirals. I have already finished the one on Michiel de Ruyter, who you may or may not know as the Dutch admiral who sacked the British fleet in their very own port on the Thames. So now I am left with a hefty tome on 'Maerten and Cornelis Tromp' (Father and son), and these biographies are so intriguing that they start to sound more like fictional novels than real events.
Maerten Tromp was a pious, charismatic admiral, who always worked to the best interest of his sailors and the country, and never for personal gain. Whenever money was short to stock enough food and supplies aboard his ships before going on campaign, he would make sure there would be enough by paying for it himself with his own money. Maerten Tromp, as high lord Admiral, gained the nickname of 'Bestevaer' which means both Grand father and best sailor in old Dutch. In short, he was extremely loved by his men for his kindness and generosity of spirit.
Cornelis Tromp on the other hand, always felt he stood in the shadow of his father and as such took a very machiavellian approach to gain more power. All the same he was outdone by Michiel de Ruyter in terms of understanding naval tactics and sea warfare. Knowing he would never rise above the rank of vice-admiral in the Dutch navy as long as Michiel de Ruyter was alive, he concocted a very elaborate scheme. At the time of Michiel de Ruyter the Netherlands were a Republic, as the house of Orange had been stripped of power. Cornelis Tromp, along with William III of Orange, convinced the English, French and several German counts to wage war against the Netherlands, creating such unprecedented level of public fear and outrage that the Republican leaders would soon find themselves the target of an angry mob. The angry mob in this case were royalist sailors sent by Cornelis Tromp. With the republican leaders killed, William III quickly took power, managed to score some 'miraculous' victories against the French and Germans, who quickly backed out of the war.
What neither William III or Cornelis Tromp took into account, was that Michiel de Ruyter scored several amazing victories against both the French and English at sea. Routing an Anglo-French fleet which was more than twice the size of his own, and killing the English admiral, Prince Rupert. The Republican Michiel de Ruyter had now gained such a level of popularity that it would be impossible to either sack or kill him.
Instead William III sent the now 72 year old Admiral to the mediterranean with an under equipped and under strength fleet to assist the Spanish in driving the French from Seracuse. The Spanish fleet was both outdated and lacked the experience the Dutch had, nevertheless William III promised the Spanish that they would have overal command of the fleet. When it turned out that Michiel de Ruyter's fleet of 17 ships would only be supplemented by 4 Spanish galleys he resigned himself to his fate, starting to realise what had happened. When he finally met the French armada the unthinkable happened, he again scored a victory and managed to send the French retreating, even after the Spanish had abandoned him. Unfortunately, Michiel de Ruyter had been hit by a cannonball, severing his right foot, and also sustaining a bad head injury. As his crew realised he would die soon, they lowered the admiral's flag and set back to the Dutch ports. The French admiral, seeing the admiral's flag being lowered approached the Dutch fleet but kept his distance, only offering the soon-to-be-dead admiral a parting salute to offer his respects, even going so far as to escort the Dutch fleet out of the mediterranean.
It turned out that this particular French admiral (I forgot his name), was the only one willing to sail out to confront the almost mythological Michiel de Ruyter. Other admirals, who were his superior by many years did not dare to leave port. When they finally learned what had happened they did everything to catch up with the battered Dutch fleet, but the French admiral had already safely guided the Dutch fleet out of hostile waters, after which the good man resigned, refusing to take any acclaim or credit for slaying Michiel de Ruyter.
Cornelis Tromp finally became admiral, but all naval wars would soon be over, his conscience would come to haunt him and he died of old age in his own bad, never having seen action when he rose to the rank of Lord High Admiral.
Stories like these, I simply love them and I think it is a shame that people here know so little about these events, or the underhanded ways in which the current Dutch monarchy came into power. Current Mood: chipper
|Tuesday, July 20th, 2004|
These are icons I've been sitting on for a week now. They are slowly improving. But does anyone know how to make it so on a jpg so the font doesn't smear? X-posted everywhere
( BeepCollapse )
|Friday, June 18th, 2004|
I was bored, so I made some more iconses
The first three are caps of Kira's captions. You can't read the words that well, but I did my best....
( Here we go again...Collapse )
|Saturday, June 5th, 2004|
|Tuesday, June 1st, 2004|
While absent-mindedly browsing through the various livejournal communities which match interests, I noticed that there are very few communities which touch the subject of sailing and naval history - so I thought I'd join this one.
My area of interest lies more in 17th century naval history than 18th and 19th, especially so since I am Dutch and, as we all know, the zenith of Dutch naval power was experienced during this time.
Aside from this I love Melville, especially White Jacket and Moby Dick, and work on the Batavia shipyards in Lelystad the Netherlands, reconstructing the man-o'war "De Zeven Provincien" (or Seven Provinces) - Admiral Michiel De Ruyter's flagship, with which he sailed up the Thames sacking the British fleet, and taking their own flagship as a prize.
Anyhow, long story cut short. Thank you for letting me join! Current Mood: chipper
|Thursday, May 27th, 2004|
|Saturday, May 22nd, 2004|
I was really excited, cuz I got Russell Crowe's band's CD today called 30 odd foot of grunts: other ways of speaking. I was bored and wrote a fic based on the song "other ways of speaking."
T'is slashy, which is unlike me, normally, maybe, a little suggestive of slash. T'is PG though. ( Other ways of speakingCollapse )
|Wednesday, May 19th, 2004|
Dean timber restores HMS Victory
Oak trees, which Lord Nelson ordered to be planted in the Forest of Dean 200
years ago, are to be used to restore his flagship, docked in Portsmouth.
In 1802 Nelson ordered thousands of acorns to be planted in the forest to
ensure a continuous supply of durable wood for the Royal Navy.
When HMS Victory. was built, 6,000 trees were used - 90% of them were oaks.
The wood will help repair HMS Victory in time for next year's 200th
anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
The Commanding Officer from HMS Victory will be in the Forest of Dean on
Wednesday to witness the start of the journey of the 200-year-old trees.
Dean timber destined for naval fighting vessels was always marked using a
Lieutenant Commander Frank Nowosielski will swing one of the original hammers,
loaned by the Dean Heritage Museum, to stamp the naval timber before it leaves
At 1100 BST the timber will be hoisted onto a lorry for the first stage of the
journey to Britain's most famous warship.
They will be cut at a local sawmill before being taken to Portsmouth.
Story from BBC NEWS
This is my first post here. Hope it's not too off-topic for the group, but dealing with Nelson and the HMS Victory I thought it might be appropriate. Current Mood: naval
|Monday, May 17th, 2004|
|Thursday, May 13th, 2004|
|Saturday, May 8th, 2004|
Kudos to all the people who gave the lyrics to all those sailing songs at the surprise. I was bored earlier, and came up with this. All the Benitzonline people (the site is run by splendiferous Annaberri, major kudos to her), have seen this, well, part of it...
( Sailing song remixCollapse )
|Friday, May 7th, 2004|
|Monday, May 3rd, 2004|
|Sunday, May 2nd, 2004|
I made Icons! Bad, of course, but they're icons! And they fit the 100X100 pixels for LJ. They're made with the paint that comes on your computer, and let me tell you, it was soo hard trying to crop it just right so it would fit that little square. Even now, onside might be a tad smaller, but I'm showing them anyways
( First icons I've ever made that fit...Collapse )