Fair stood the wind for Africa, down the English channel the fleet of ships moved through running seas and wind and snow. The light had fallen early that first day at sea. Dinner was taken early at 5pm 6 people to a mess getting their salt beef and hard tack biscuit ( sea biscuit was made from animal fat and flour baked and placed in barrel ‘s some time to stand in the Navy storehouse for years before been issued to a ship by then the bread was full of living weevils, the salt need or salted pork not much better having to be soaked numerous times before it came near anything near edible.
The joys of international travel in the early 19th century, no privacy, communal meals of food that was of poor quality, dare I mention ablutions? Scary thought.
The hierarchy on board vessels of His Majesties SHIPS ordered by the captain of each vessel who assumed the position of deity quality and his word was law.
A few days out when most of the landsmen had gained their sea legs the first discussions between the party leaders now for the most part the party leaders had good intentions. But we all know what road to he’ll are paved with.