July 3, 2022
Jack & the crew get busy, Fox gets his way (and, perhaps, gets what's coming to him). Sailors demonstrate mainbrace splicing, and marines demonstrate castramentation, as we reach the bitter end of The Thirteen Gun Salute. Ch 10.
June 26, 2022
The moon has it in for the Diane, as she heads for her rendezvous with the Surprise carrying an impatient envoy Fox and his suite. There are strained relations, a tromba marina, a Gunroom dinner, time in the rigging, the Articles of War, Coronation Day, a clumsy Stephen and trouble at sea. All this, and a Freudian slip. Ch 9.
June 19, 2022
As Stephen returns from Kumai, there's danger in the city and a big potential change brewing in the negotiations. Stephen carries out a surprisingly important dissection with Van Buren, whereby spleens are redeemed. Jack enjoys simple sailing and spying on the French frigate, while Fox and the Old Buggers show their true colours. Ch 8.
June 12, 2022
A colourful birthday celebration shows off the Diane's firepower; Abdul becomes a bigger problem; Stephen fixes an intelligence setback; and we join him on a fabulous journey to the heart of Patrick O'Brian. Ch 7
June 5, 2022
Stephen heads ashore and compiles the next discreet chapter in Dr. Maturin’s guide to better out-of-town business trip accommodations. We debate vital life forces for humans, tapirs, orangutans - anything with a spleen, basically. A real Van Buren makes an appearance, as does the real Geoff Hunt. Ch 6 (2nd part).
May 29, 2022
Arriving in Java, we pick up the rest of the British mission, hear troubling news about Britain's banks, track down a Dutch anatomist, and press on to Pulo Prabang to prepare for meeting the Sultan and the French. Plus we talk about Stamford Raffles, and all things oriental, with guest Josh Provan. Ch 6.
May 22, 2022
The Diane begins a long, perilous journey around Africa towards Pulo Prabang. There are contrary currents, cuttlefish, cathedrals of ice, confessions and copulation. Oh, and Kerguelen. Curious? Ch 5.
May 16, 2022
Jack heads to London, hoping for the happiest possible news. We explore Irish mythology, and learn about the plans for the mission to Pulo Prabang: what kind of man is Mr Fox the envoy, really? Ep 4.
May 8, 2022
Jack worries about his new purser and the crew starting to think this is an unlucky voyage. Stephen gets a surprise visitor in Lisbon, Jack meets the son of an old shipmate, and the backward glances at Master & Commander continue, as we wonder where Sharpe and Hornblower have got to. Ch 3, Ch 4 (Part).
May 1, 2022
Stephen’s bankers frustrate, a prize takes flight, the new purser impresses - just not favorably. We find out why Master & Commander was such a great prelude to The Thirteen Gun Salute, as the “United Irishmen curse”, which hunted Dillon, descends on Stephen. Ch 2.