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1600-1800 / Re: Getting started reenacting classes:
« Last post by Karl Helweg on July 09, 2021, 03:04:14 PM »
School of the Ranger in Maryland: 

1600-1800 / Re: Ft Defiance (western NC) opportunity
« Last post by Karl Helweg on June 19, 2021, 07:04:34 PM »
Please congratulate Ft Defiance's new Site Director, Jonathan Baird!

Try to stop by and visit or even volunteer as they ramp up activities.

After yet a 2nd annual SteamPunk Cruise being cancelled we are making plans for the 2022 cruise.

There have been several cruises proposed but the front runner is a repositioning cruise aboard the Radiance of the Seas through the Panama Canal in April 2022.  This is a 13 night cruise departing Miami and ending in Los Angeles. 

For more information please see or PM me.

France started the canal in 1881 and Teddy Roosevelt finished it in 1904 so there will be a little history in addition to some other interesting ports. 

It looks like this cruise won the polling since folks have started making reservations.  After two cancellations we are jonesing for a long cruise and are a little worried that these will be sold out early. 
Sunday, April 10 2022    Miami, FL       4:00pm
Monday, April 11    At Sea       
Tuesday, April 12    At Sea       
Wednesday, April 13    Cartagena, Colombia    7:00am    3:00pm
Thursday, April 14    Panama Canal (Full Transit) (Cruising)       
Friday, April 15    At Sea       
Saturday, April 16    Puntarenas, Costa Rica    8:00am    6:00pm
Sunday, April 17    San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua    7:00am    4:00pm
Monday, April 18    Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala    11:00am    6:00pm
Tuesday, April 19    At Sea       
Wednesday, April 20    At Sea       
Thursday, April 21    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico    9:00am    4:00pm
Friday, April 22    At Sea       
Saturday, April 23    Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA    7:00am    
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on February 13, 2021, 06:03:23 PM »
Sir Andrew Barton  (c. 1466 – 2 August 1511)

Andrew Barton was a Scottish sailor from Leith, who served as High Admiral of the Kingdom of Scotland.
Some of Andrew Barton’s trading voyages to Flanders ports in the 1490s are recorded in the Ledger of Andrew Halyburton. He was the oldest of three brothers, a younger brother Robert Barton of Over Barnton became Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.
Andrew became notorious in England and Portugal as a ‘pirate’, though as a seaman who operated under the aegis of a letter of marque on behalf of the Scottish crown, he may be described as a privateer. The letter of marque against Portuguese shipping was originally granted to his father John Barton by James III of Scotland before 1485. John’s ships had been attacked by Portuguese vessels when he was trading at Sluis in Flanders.
James IV revived the letters in July 1507. When Andrew Barton, sailing in the Lion tried to take reprisals against Portuguese ships in 1508, he was detained by Dutch authorities at Veere. James IV had to write to Maximilian, the Holy Roman Emperor, and others to get him released in 1509. Andrew then took a Portuguese ship which carried an English cargo, leading to more difficulties, and James IV had to suspend the letter of marque for a year.Andrew captured a ship of Antwerp in 1509, the Fasterinsevin (the Shrove Tuesday), which did not come within his letter of marque. James IV ordered him to recompense the captain Peter Lempson and his officers for her cargo of woad and canvas.
The Bartons were in demand to support John, King of Denmark, and were allowed by him to harass the shipping of Lübeck. In return for this service, John of Denmark sent James IV timber for the masts of his ships from Flensburg. Andrew joined John’s service briefly in the spring of 1511, but sailed away without permission, also taking a ship that James IV had given to John.
Later in 1511, Andrew Barton was cruising the English coast looking for Portuguese prizes when he and his ships the Lion and Jenny Pirwyn were captured after a fierce battle with Sir Edward Howard and his brother Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, off Kent at the Downs. According to the story told in ballads, Andrew was subsequently beheaded. If true, such action would perhaps have been illegal because Barton possessed a letter of marque. Contemporary English and Scottish chronicle accounts agree that Andrew died of wounds received in the fight.

I am hurt but I am not slain.
I’ll lay me down and bleed awhile,
Then I’ll rise and fight again

The ballad:
When and where are your local highland games?
Aye ... local Highland Games is scheduling for 2021 .... at this time it looks like the usual attending history groups for the Living History area are not excited ... guess we all have a ways to go before "normal" arrives ... Cheers !

Johnnie, 93rd Highlanders
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