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Re: Hornblower

    You are saying that these were true stories??  Why did I get the idea
otherwise.  No wonder I was drawn to them.  I really dislike fiction but
loved these books.  Neil, didn't  it surprise you how they were able to
travel through the long canal tunnel in England.  How ingenious!  And how
the people so early had learned how to plant explosives way underwater.  I
had trouble understanding all the ship and sail terms.  I understand that
there was a book that explained all of this in detail and perhaps more about
the geography but that too is out of print.  I wish that they had only
filmed the first 4 books, then left another generation to do the next batch
instead of ignoring all these gems.  I hate it that they are going to
elaborate on a romance that really didn't occur in the books.

 People, ...he was married to his landlady's daughter and had two children
but they all died of something--I don't quite remember that part.  He didn't
run around except in two situations, one of which he married her.  Now do I
remember that she was the sister of the Duke of Wellington, was that a
stretch of the truth or was this real history also?

-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Sinclair/Peggy Rintoul <rinsin@globalserve.net>
To: sinclair@jump.net <sinclair@jump.net>
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 1999 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: Hornblower

>Laurel; One of the great oddities regarding Hornblower (made real by C.S.
>Forrester )was that he was a real figure and that his exploits as were
>depected by CS Forrester were accurate. The C. Nortcote Parkinson did an
>excellent biography some years ago but it is long out of print. This
>provides a good illustration of how perceived fiction becomes history.
>Now as for the conditions of sailing ships on the migrations away from
>Scotland there are some interesting observations. One is that there was a
>full range of experience good and bad depending on when the migration
>occured. The 1860's was not like the 1780's. One observation I do make is
>that the migrations were not easy, physically or emotionally. It was a one
>way trip by in large, people leaving families behind did not expect to ever
>return. Secondly not everyone embarking disembarked because of the ease of
>disease spreading on shipboard and of course no health requirements for
>boarding. Then there was seasickness, combined with the smells, the
>darkness, closeness of unwashed bodies for weeks, and lack of plumbing
>decks. Sound like fun? Again generalizations are too easy and Sinclairs
>arriving had a wide variety of experiences no doubt. Keep up your fine
>Yours aye; Neil Toronto-PEI-Argyll
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Spirit One Email <laurel@spiritone.com>
>To: sinclair@zilker.net <sinclair@zilker.net>
>Date: 12 April, 1999 10:13 PM
>>        Now I hope that everyone that has access to cable TV is watching
>>Horatio Hornblower shows.  I have read all 12 books while using a map to
>>chart each adventure.  Really, the tiny details of everyday crowded and
>>squalid living conditions onboard ships of the early 1800's are
>>Has anyone else read them?  This gives us a better picture of what our
>>ancestors went through as they sailed over here or to Australia, etc.
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