William Brand

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    Quartermaster of the Mercury
  • Birthday 12/17/1970

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    Logan, Utah
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    My name is William Pace and I live and work as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer in Northern Utah. I'm married to the lovely Tracy Pace and we have three children. In addition to all things art, I enjoy traveling and meeting new people from every walk of life. I've always been a fan of history, theology, and of course, Pyracy.

  1. On this day in history...

    June 20 - The preparations took some years; there were other (political) affairs who took attention. In December 1577 Drake was ready. With the support of the queen and high officials many rich investors had financed the ships, crews and provisions; the queen put 1.000 pounds in. The fleet (one large ship, Pelican, later re-named Golden Hind, and four smaller ones, c. 160 seamen and a dozen of what they then called “gentlemen adventurers”, in casu “angry, young men” who also had invested in the enterprise) set sail on December 13, 1577 to reach the Strait of Magellan June 20, 1578. There two ships had to be sunk and one captain, Th. Doughty, to be hanged (some say he was beheaded). One ship perished during the passage in the Strait, and a fourth one found it much better to turn around and sail home. That left Golden Hind finding her own lonely way.
  2. The French Cook, 1673

    3. Pottage for Health. Take Capons, cleanse them well, truss them up, and put them in a pot with broth, and cover them, lest the broth do wax black; season them with salt, a little whole pepper, beaten cinnamon, beaton cloves and mace, and seeth them well with store of good herbs (in winter, succory;) then take up garnish with your herbs, viz. with carduus, rub the bottom of your dish with a clove of garlick, and parslie roots or succory, and scalded grapes or carved turnips; and serve.
  3. On this day in history...

    June 19 - On this day in 1704, the trial against John Quelch for piracy, robbery, and murder opened in Boston. And the Boston Newsletter reported the following on this day in 1704. "Storms of Wind, with which it Pleased Almighty God to Afflict the greatest Part of this our Kingdom on Friday and Saturday the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh days of November last." The domestic news relates largely to the seizure of Quelch's band of prates. There are also reports of hostile movements of the French and Indians. "Rhode-Island…On the 19. Instant arrived Moses Butterworth in a Sloop from Barbadoes, 22. days passage, came out in Company with the Blackmail man of War, going in pursuit of the Country Briganteen, sent out from Barbadoes, some time before on a Cruise, having 50. of the man of War's men on board her, who instead of Returning, turn'd Pirate, and took an English Ship bound from London to Antigua, robb'd her and let her go : The news being brought from Antigua to Barbadoes, they immediately sent the Blackwall after her." And on this day in 1719, Captain Howell Davis (or Hywel) (or Davies) was ambushed and killed. He was a Welsh pirate. His piratical career lasted just 11 months, from 11 July 1718 to 19 June 1719. His ships were the Cadogan, Buck, Saint James, and Rover. Davis captured 15 known English and French ships.
  4. Oct 10th - Tybee Island Pirate Fest

    October 10th 0 October 13th, 2019 - 1 Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 https://www.facebook.com/events/306144790215897/
  5. Pyracy.com Discord Channel

    We used to have a lovely, live feed chat option during the height of the Pub's activity, but it got buggy fast and it crashed a lot after one particular software upgrade (some upgrades being better or worse than others). For those of you that use Discord (which, coincidently, is a great name for a chat service involving a bunch of scoundrels) there is a Pyracy.com Discord channel. Stop by anytime. Leave a text message, even if no one is there, or jump on the live channel aptly labeled 'Parlay'. People will likely come and go, so stop by often enough to see who is online. As it grows, we'll schedule 'events' on there to watch movies together and talk shop on various subjects. https://discord.gg/FMdvhS
  6. Where have all the pirates gone?

    We've also lost a few to time and tragedy. Raise a glass.
  7. The Pub...past, present and future.

    Thank you for 'representing'. We're reaching out to various people and recruiting some new moderators. We hope to have enough daily content and replies to keep it going, so find old threads and new and help keep the conversations lively.
  8. Toshiba Tallships Festival-Dana Point CA Sep 6-8 2019

    How many historic ships on average are part of the festival? I mean this in terms of presence, tours, mock battles, sail outings, etc.
  9. The French Cook, 1673

    2. Pigeons otherwayes Take Pigeons, and when you have farsed and boned them, fry them in butter or minced lard and put to them broth, pepper, nutmeg slic’d ginger, cinnamon beaton, Coriander-seed, raisins of the sun, currans, with vinegars and serve them with the sauce, being first steeped in it four or five hours, and well stewed down. In Summer you may use damsins, sweet herbs, chopped grapes, bacon slices, white wine.
  10. On this day in history...

    June 18 - On this day in 1629, a sea battle at Dungeness occurred wherein Piet Heyn beat the Dunkirkers, commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy.
  11. On this day in history...

    June 17 - On this day in 1579, Sir Francis Drake landed on the coast of California at Drakes Bay and named it "New Albion". On this day in 1704, Major Sewall appeared at Boston with a strong guard and brought pirates and gold that he had seized, and gave His Excellency a full Account of his procedure in seizing them. The prisoners were committed to Goal for trial and the Gold was delivered to the Treasurer and committee appointed to receive the same. The service of Major Sewall and Company was very well accepted and rewarded by the Governour.
  12. The French Cook, 1673

    As a way of sharing interesting food of the period I'm going to transcribe recipes directly from a book called "The French Cook". The actual title is quite longer... "The French Cook, Prescribing the ways of making ready of all meats, Fish, and flesh, with the proper Sauce, either to procure Appetite, or to advance the power if Digestion: with the whole Skill of Pastry-work." It was published in 1673, printed for Thomas Dying, at the Harrow at Chancery Lane-end, and John Leigh, at the Blew Bell by Flying-Horse Court in Fleet-Street. This is from the third edition. Skipping directly to the meat of the book (pun soundly intended) we find first a description of how to make broth, as it's used in so many recipes at the start of the book. The following is transcribed directly from the text. I'll try to keep the older spelling differences in place, so that the reader can see the variation on familiar words and terms. “The manner of making the broth for the seeing of all pots, be it pottage, first course or intercourse (middle service.) Take knuckles of beef, the hinder-part of the rump, a little mutton, and some hens (according to the quantity of broth the you will have) put in meat proportionally, seeth it well with a bundle of parsly, young onions, and thyme tied together, and a few cloves, large mace, and some beaton cinamon, keeping alwaies some warm water ready to fill up the pots again. Then, after all is well sodden, you shall strain them through a napkin for your use. And as for Rosted meat, after that you have taken the juice out of it, you shall set it to boil with a bundle of herbs, as above-said; seeth it well, then strain it, for to make use of it at your first courses, or for brown pottages.” After this it jumps right into the first recipe… “How to make all kinds of pottage. 1. Bisque of young Pidgeons. Take young pigeons, cleanse them all, and truss them up, which you shall do by making a hole with a knife below the stomach, and thrusting the legs through it: whiten them, that is, put them into a pot with hot water, or with pot-broth, and cover them well, then put them in the pot in a small bundle of fine herbs, with an Onion to two peeled and put whole, sew blades of large Mace, and fill up your pot with the best of broths, have a special care that it may not become black: then dry your bread, and stove it in the Pigeon-broth: then take it up after it is well seasoned with salt, pepper and cloves garnished with the young pigeons, cocks-combed sweet-breads of veal, mushrooms, mutton juice, and pistaches: serve it up, and garnish the brims of the dish with slices of Lemon, and barberries.”
  13. On this day in history...

    June 16 - On this day in 1671, Russian cossack pirates Stenka Razin and his brother Frol Razin were captured at Kaganlyk, his last fortress, and carried to Moscow, where, after bring tortured, Stenka was quartered alive at Lobnoye Mesto.
  14. Tsunami Kate

    Today's special is a Caribbean favorite. Salt fish and green figs with a side of avocado.
  15. On this day in history...

    June 15 - On this day in 1643, Abel Tasman returned to Batavia after discovering Tasmania. And on this day in 1741, Captain Bering left Petropavlovsk, sailing to America.