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  1. Surgical Instruments, Procedures and Whatnot

    I visited the Lazaretto Nuovo ['new' lazaretto] when I was in Venice last Summer. Sadly, there was not much left of the original structures. The French destroyed it all when they dismantled the Venetian Rupublic in the late 18th century.
  2. Surgical Instruments, Procedures and Whatnot

    After six months of work, much of it translating old Italian, Portuguese and French documents, I have posted an article on Maritime Quarantine for the Plague during the Golden Age of Piracy. You will find the first page here. It first briefly looks at the disease as it was understood then, the history of quarantine and the way incoming ships, the people and goods on them were quarantined in Mediterranean ports during the GAoP. It then focuses on the lazarettos -structures built for quarantining incoming ships - which were active during this period, including in Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. It finishes with a discussion of how to quarantine was performed in England up to and including this period.
  3. First Time Traveling to Key West

    I've stayed in the Hisbiscus, although it was about 25 years ago. (Sheesh.) It's a Best Western on the quiet side of Duvall, which is nice if you want to get some sleep. It's a motel room and not much else, but it's near some nice galleries, and at the time there was a little grocery and pharmacy nearby. Plus it was near La Creperie French Cafe, which I always liked, although it's a bit pricey. It's also near Louie's Backyard which is a great place to eat, although that's really pricey. (Food can be REALLY expensive in Key West. If you're on a budget, you probably want to get away from Duvall to eat.) And you can park there for free - or at least you could when I stayed there. It's a hike into the main part of Duvall - say about a mile? - but Key West is really a walking or biking, not a driving city. Still, for a little more money at the time, I could have stayed in one of the Condos in the Truman Annex. It's closer to town, but still away from all the noise in the city. It's also near a grocery store and, being a condo, you can cook some meals for yourself and save some money. Plus it's a lot more appealing and nicer digs than any BW. I've probably visited KW 20 some times now and that's my go-to place. I stayed there the last 5 or 6 times I visited. The big drawback is that you have to stay a full week. But if you're planning a week anyhow, compare the prices of a single room condo to any hotel. You might be surprised.
  4. The Pub...past, present and future.

    I think we'd have to recruit a whole new batch of people to make it work. Many of the folks that were very active here seem to have moved on to other things. (I tried OKing new users for a while, but it's like swimming upstream. In a river coming down from the mountains. After three weeks of heavy rain. So... many... BS bot signups... Seriously, I don't think 'dozens' covered it. It was more like hundreds of crap signups for every (possible) legitimate one. But we really need a new base of users if you want to reenergize the place.
  5. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    I talked to Stynky a month or so ago and he was having some issue backing up the database so (in Stynky style) he has been putting off the closing of the forum until he can figure out the problems. Like your ghost ship, I imagine we'll just find it missing some day.
  6. Pirate Ship names list

    No, I honestly can't...which is the real problem with the list. It cites no sources, so there's no way to verify it. I used it for an article I wrote several years ago and people occasionally point out errors to me in my list. (This happens sporadically, so I don't remember the complaints. But, one example I do recall: Nicholas Woodall wasn't a pirate and so doesn't belong on the list.) I have been trying to go through the period sources and create my own list so I can correct the one in my on-line article, but it's a very tedious, time-consuming project because you have to read all the contemporary sources and record mentions of the ships, noting who had them, when they had them, how many men and guns the ship had (which usually changes - sometimes dramatically - during the tenure of ownership) and what type of ship it was. Some of this can be really difficult to figure out because the period documents occasionally identify ships by the wrong name, wrong ship type and wrong captain (or are sometimes given an aliases). So I wouldn't rely on this list to be accurate.
  7. 18th Century Navies

    I don't know the answers, but I'm almost certain each of these things has been discussed here in the past. Use the search function, restricting your search to the appropriate forum. Most of them are probably in Captain Twill. (You may find the gunlock answer in Cacabel's Lock, Stock & Barrel forum.)
  8. Salted Horse

    ? Where did you see that? I've seen period accounts of salted pork & beef, the salting of fish, boars, seals and even penguins. But I don't recall ever seeing a mention of salted horse.
  9. My thoughts on Capt Johnson's book

    Read the version edited by Manuel Schonhorn, taking time to read the end notes for each chapter. He explains where everything came from in Johnson's book. Mostly it was newspaper accounts, public records and published court accounts. What Johnson did was sift and organize these otherwise dry, dull documents (trust me, I've read a lot of them) and the stuff he added is mostly regarded as being fictional like the story of Captain Misson, Blackbeard's supposed journal, philosophical speeches by some of the pirates and similar odds and ends. The author of these books is widely believed these days to be journalist Nathaniel Mist. Ed explains the reasoning behind this pretty well in this posting.
  10. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    This may interest you. “[Roberts, philosophy] [Thomas] Sutton used to be very prophane; he happening to be in the same Irons with another Prisoner, who was more serious than ordinary, and read and pray’d often, as became his Condition; this Man, Sutton used to swear at, and ask him, what he proposed by so much Noise and Devotion? Heaven, says the other, I hope. Heaven, you Fool, says Sutton, did you ever hear of any Pyrates going thither? Give me H———ll, it’s a merrier Place: I’ll give Roberts a Salute of 13 Guns at Entrance. And when he found such ludicrous Expressions had no Effect on him, he made a formal Complaint, and requested that the Officer would either remove this Man, or take his Prayer-Book away, as a common Disturber.” (Daniel Defoe (Captain Charles Johnson), A General History of the Pyrates, Manuel Schonhorn, ed., 1999, p. 246) (There's no indication about what happened after that.)
  11. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    As Foxe already explained, when you try and hunt them down, you'll find that many of the sea superstitions can only be traced back to the mid/late 18th century. I ran into that when trying to run down superstitions that we think were prevalent then when I was writing my article Dealing With the Deceased a few years back. I found the sea superstitions weren't much different than the landsmen's superstitions and a lot of the more "sea-based" myths came later. As I quoted in my article, "Writing several decades after the golden age of piracy about a shipwreck that took place in 1739, John Byron explained, That common people in general are addicted to superstitious conceits, is an observation founded on experience; and the reason is evident: but I cannot allow that common seamen are more so than others of the lower class. In the most enlightened ages of antiquity, we find it to have been the popular opinion, that the spirits of the dead were not at rest till their bodies were interred; and that they did not cease to haunt and trouble those who had neglected this duty to the departed. This is still believed by the vulgar, in most countries"
  12. Pirates of the Caribbean 5!

    Part of the crew, part of the ship.
  13. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    The more likely explanation is that Stynky is too lazy to take it down. (Trust me, I know Stynky...) Although I've no doubt that when the web page contract expires as Coastie mentioned, it will suddenly disappear. This has the added benefit of insuring that Stynky doesn't actually have to do anything to remove it. I have saved a lot of the files that interested me, although they're in separate Word files and so are a PITA to actually try and sift through unless you know what you're looking for. I mostly saved them to refer to stuff that I can use in writing future Surgeon's Journal articles.
  14. The Boots We Wear (On Bucket Boots)

    There's no challenge in that. The fun for me is in trying to be as PC as possible.