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(Naval Action fiction) Diary of Cdr. Joseph Barss

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" A savage race, by shipwrecks fed, Lie waiting for the founder'd skiffs, And strip the bodies of the dead."

- Jonathan Swift, Ballad on the South Sea Scheme -


This is a work of fiction.

the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the texts belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organisation, committee or other group or individual.

Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental

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1799, September 8

September, 8th 1799 Aboard HMS Beaufoy, 10 guns, a brigantine navy victualler. I am not assigned any duty. I am just a passenger although I may enjoy the company of the commander and his lieutenants during off duty time. Main cargo is wine for the North America station and we certainly serve ourselves of the ship allowance during our night meals. Weather been fair and the crossing goes remarkably well for it is already late Summer. We left the Azores having taking on full fres

Cdr. Joseph Barss

Cdr. Joseph Barss


1799, September 2

September 2nd, 1799, London Good news. Was summoned to the Admiralty to the presence of Lord Spencer himself and his board to receive my note of relief and all the associated effects, in which came included, to my greatest surprise and astonishment, a letter of recommendation to be delivered to appointed representatives of the Navy Board in place, Halifax Naval Dockyards. What is indeed more astonishing is that a description of future duties was also subscribed as 'recommendation'

Cdr. Joseph Barss

Cdr. Joseph Barss


1799, September 1

September 1st, 1799, London The meeting with the gentleman Kenelm Growden  was more profitable than anticipated and most certainly all praise must be given for the choice of the Garraway's for our accord meeting. Investment is solid, and with our patrons' supporting the enterprise Mr. Growden would indeed make himself look unreliable henceforth would he cancel the arrangements. On a sad note I will not be able to see her before we arrive; via Halifax, as she already departed the d

Cdr. Joseph Barss

Cdr. Joseph Barss

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