Saturday, June 24, 2006

Sailing Romance in Victorian England

Weatherspoon, Esq. (of the Oriana, R.Y.S.). "I say, Tom, what's that little craft with the black velvet flying at the fore, close under the lee-scuppers of the man-of-war?"

Honourable Binnacle (of the Matilda, R.Y.Y.C.). "Why, from her fore and aft rig and the cut of her mainsail, I should say that she's down from the port of London, but I'll signal the commodore to come and introduce us."

Looks like not a lot has changed in 150 years. John Leech sketch from Punch first published in 1852 via John Leech archive.

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