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To: SunkenCiv

Geeze. They needed to paw through bones to learn that? A casual search through a good research library would have revealed that.

Seafaring in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries was a dangerous trade. So dangerous that serving in the navy was probably safer than serving on a merchant vessel. With larger crews they were more likely to survive the hazards of the sea.

John Paul Jones got his first command (of a merchantman) when every officer aboard the ship he was sailing back to Britain on died of disease. No one else in the crew could navigate. Jones was a passenger, and he knew how to navigate, so the crew had him sail the ship back to Britain, and the owners made him captain when he arrived.


22 posted on 09/03/2011 8:26:27 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: No Truce With Kings

Thanks for sharing that. I love trivia like that. J P Jones was an interesting character.


23 posted on 09/03/2011 8:31:42 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: No Truce With Kings; unkus; Squantos; Grizzled Bear; katykelly

then you really might not want to see this, about John Paul Jones:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2497955/posts?page=28#28


40 posted on 09/03/2011 11:39:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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