Part 2: An unexpected change of plans . Obliged by higher authority... . This is a story written from sigfiggy perspective, dialogue is written under the corresponding pictures.
(there's a small list with descriptions of nautical terms used in this episode, you can find it in the background information near the bottom of this page.)
Previously: Part 1: More than a hull and sails
Still in Port Royal we went to the cabin to discuss our route. We agreed to sail to a small nearby island before we hit open sea.
Ben King: “Anything notable on the way we should be concerned of ?”
Morthen P: “yeah, we don't want to chrash into stuff”
Sebeus I: “hmm, this is a detailed map, let's take a closer look “
Sebeus I: “There appears to be a tiny isle close to our route. “
Morthen P: “"Flag Island" ? sounds interesting.”
Ben King: “I hope it's big enough so we can spot it, now there is one issue Sebeus...”
Ben King: “Your goat is eating the chair...”
Sebeus I: “...What's that supposed to mean ? “
Morthen P: “hehe, simply what he sais”
Sebeus I: “...oh “
After defining some house rules Ship Rules we returned at weather deck to initiate our departure.
Navigating out of the port was a piece of cake, the beauty is very easy to handle and pretty fast as well, even against the wind. She's very gentle on us.
Morthen P: “Brace the foreyard !”
Sebeus I: “What? but we aren’t using the foreyard. “
Morthen P: “I know, It’s just I’ve always wanted to say that on :P”
Ben King: “Sebeus, how long still are you going to dance with that chain?”
Sebeus I: “Oh, right, seems the storyteller forgot to give me a new pose :D “
Morthen P: “Guys, I think you should see this.”
In the distant Morthen spots two longboats approaching.
After exchanging the telescope a couple of times we concluded that they must be navy soldiers.
We felt it was our duty to help them so we altered course.
Commander Hutton: “Hello there!”
Commander Hutton: “The name is Hutton.”
Mr Hutton introduced himself as a commander of the Redcoats. furthermore he told us his ship ran aground during a persuit.
We felt uneasy with all those strangers climbing onto our ship.
Hutton commanded our ship as if it was his own, we just stood there, watching strangers handle our ship...
he treated us respectfully though.
Commander Hutton: “I apologize for the discomfort but it is of great importance that we return to Port Royal at once.”
I guess military is more important than our little trip. "the war concerns us all" ...So we were headed back to our starting point...
To be continued . . . Right now! (click)
Some background information:
Commander Hutton: A commander of the redcoat navy, currently charged with the task to intercept any suspicious vessels. We might see him again.
Weather deck: A collective noun for all top decks on a ship, in other words all decks that are exposed to the weather.Sailing against the wind: Using fore and aft sails a ship can sail against the wind in a limited angle (typicaly about 45° )Fore and aft sails: Sails that are set along the line of the keel rather than perpendicular to it.
Fourth wall commentary:
Only one question remains...
Will there be any chairs left ?