Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
His ship is disabled. It is a glorious defeat. Hornblower's little 74-gun two-decker takes on four French ships single-handed, disabling two of them and doing serious damage to the other two. The other English ships are too slow to come to his aid, foolishly ordering Hornblower to engage the enemy too early. Hornblower is taken prisoner, along with Lieutenant Bush whose leg has to be amputated as a result of injuries sustained in the battle.
Pigs kept by the wardroom on board. The only way sailors could have fresh meat would be to have live animals on board but this was only possible when water could easily be resupplied.
He pressgangs men from the merchant ships in his convoy. He gets very few men from the appeals, is sent none from other ships though he does bring 200 from his old ship and 30-odd men come from the Assizes. But with all this he still sets sail 120 men short of a full complement. Technically, merchant seamen were exempt from pressganging but Hornblower tricks the captains into sending him the men he needs and then pretends they have volunteered.
74. Hornblower calls her 'the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy List'.
Hebe. Hornblower is not best pleased at having to take Lady Barbara on board especially as he is about to fight a battle with the Natividad. But, this 'feeble woman' proves herself in the aftermath of fighting when she takes control of the sickroom. The little maidservant irritates Hornblower too and has to be locked into her cabin to keep her away from the men.
He invited the junior officers to play whist. The other officers were glad to share the Captain's table at dinner, commenting that the food he offered was better than the rats they had become accustomed to eat. But dinner, for Hornblower, was always followed by whist which the others enjoyed much less. Hornblower was an excellent whist player and once made his living by playing.
|In 'The Happy Return', Hornblower is sent to make a treaty that will enable British trade routes across the Nicaraguan isthmus. What is the name of the man he should make contact with?||'Hornblower' by C.S.Forester
Don Julian Alvarado. His full name is 'His Excellency Don Julian Maria de Jesus de Alvarado y Moctezuma' but he insists on being addressed as 'El Supremo'. He turns out to be a mad tyrant who considers himself divine. However, as far as Hornblower is concerned, orders are orders.
a treasure trove. A quarter of a million pounds in gold coin went down when the Speedwell was sunk. Hornblower is given a sailing master and a troupe of Ceylonese divers who bring almost the whole loot to the surface.
To take his great-nephew as midshipman. It was apparently commonplace for members of the aristocracy to send young male members of their family into the Navy for a short space of time. Mr Midshipman Prince is accompanied by His Excellency the Baron von Eisenbeiss, High Chamberlain and Secretary of State to His Serene Highness the Prince of Seitz-Bunau. Mr Prince quickly settles into Navy life but Dr Eisenbeiss proves a more troublesome addition to the ship's company.
|By what means of transport do Hornblower and his family travel to London when he takes up his first command in the Atropos?||'Hornblower' by C.S.Forester
Barge. It is the first time Hornblower has travelled on a canal and he is very impressed by its speed(!) and smoothness. It is also significantly cheaper than a coach at just 1p a mile.