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Royal Caribbean made a generous offer of 125% credit on our cancelled cruises.  By dumb luck we had splurged on a suite which turned into a "winning lottery ticket" of sorts.  Since the credit expired 12/31/2021 and it is significantly more than the cruise that our regulars have chosen (and we have to fly from Alaska) we are staying on the ship for a back-to-back cruise to Mexico and Honduras.

Sunday, March 14    Fort Lauderdale, FL       4:30pm
Monday, March 15    At Sea       
Tuesday, March 16    Cozumel, Mexico    7:00am    6:00pm
Wednesday, March 17    Roatan, Honduras    8:00am    5:00pm
Thursday, March 18    Costa Maya, Mexico    7:00am    5:00pm
Friday, March 19    At Sea       
Saturday, March 20    CocoCay, Bahamas    9:00am    6:00pm
Sunday, March 21    Fort Lauderdale, FL    6:15am    

An invitation for folks who cannot make the prior week's cruise:

Date    Port    Arrive    Depart
Sunday, March 7    Fort Lauderdale, FL       4:30pm
Monday, March 8    At Sea       
Tuesday, March 9    At Sea       
Wednesday, March 10    St. Kitts    8:00am    5:00pm
Thursday, March 11    St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands    7:00am    4:00pm
Friday, March 12    At Sea       
Saturday, March 13    CocoCay, Bahamas    10:00am    7:00pm
Sunday, March 14    Fort Lauderdale, FL    6:15am   

Basically the thought for 2021 is that Oasis of the Seas is one of the maybe four largest cruise ships in the world and as a group that has cruised together we have come to enjoy the amenities available on these city-like cruise ships a little more than the smaller ships. 
1600-1800 / Re: Getting started reenacting classes: frizzen treating
« Last post by Karl Helweg on June 15, 2020, 03:36:26 PM »
Since I have at least one fire-lock that needs the frizzen face treated this seems like a good subject.  (BTW it is an Indian made blunderbuss that does not spark well - again.)

1600-1800 / Re: Getting started reenacting classes: MAKING A TRICORNE
« Last post by Karl Helweg on May 28, 2020, 01:16:51 PM »
Apparently the "cocked hat" or what we now call a tricorne was first noted in the Spanish/Dutch wars about 1667. 

This is one simple method for making your own tricorne hat:

This booklet has more information and a slightly different lacing pattern.

Of course you will want to then make a cockade:

A helpful, rambling video about cocked hats:

Off-Topic Stuff / Re: Reenactor Singles seeking single
« Last post by Karl Helweg on May 11, 2020, 08:09:28 PM »
I actually did share that link on purpose.  Maybe a COVID shut in or three will meet someone to chat with.

I am not single but I have noticed in the SCA that when our fighters find a significant other they are more active, their armour gets fixed, and they even wash their garb.   ;)

In the l. 48 these thugs would be caught but there are roughly six single adult males for every one female in Alaska.  The ladies have a saying: "The odds are good but the goods are odd."
Off-Topic Stuff / Re: Reenactor Singles seeking single
« Last post by Sturmkatze on May 11, 2020, 07:43:00 PM »
Did you post this or is it spamming?
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 29, 2020, 05:16:05 PM »

Magnus Heinason

Magnus Heinason (Mogens Heinesøn) (1548 – 18 January 1589) was a Faroese naval hero, trader, and "privateer."  Son of a priest converted to Lutheranism, Heine Havreki.

Magnus Heinason served William the Silent and his son Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange for 10 years as a privateer, fighting the Spanish in the Dutch Revolt. Magnus Heinason was given the trading rights to the Faroe Islands by King Frederick II of Denmark and Norway from 1559 to 1588. Later he received letters of marque to sink or capture pirate ships and English merchant ships.

After the Scottish pirate Klerck's 1579 raid, Magnus built the first fortifications in Tórshavn in 1580. He requested that the king should allow him to arm his merchant ships with cannons so that he could fight the pirates or at least take them prisoner and then take them on shore for trial.  Magnus Heinason was engaged three times and married twice. Magnus had a son with a Faroese lady Kollfina around 1560. Rasmus Magnussen (1560–1670) lived to the age of 110 years, and at the age of 103 he became the father of a son.   :D

Only one year later, he was captured and sent to Copenhagen on the orders of the Danish treasurer and statholder, Christoffer Walkendorf (1525–1601) who was ruling Denmark after the sudden death of Frederick II. Magnus Heinason was tried, and was beheaded 18th January 1589. His widow, Sofie von Günsterberg, and his business partner Hans Lindenov (d. 1610) contested this act and brought the matter to an assembly of nobles (Herrendag) at the seaport of Kolding. Magnus Heinason's death sentence was declared void on 6th of August 1590 and  he was rehabilitated posthumously.   Valkendorff was suspended from his duties and was forced to pay 3,000 Reichsthaler to the heirs. Magnus Heinason's remains were exhumed and taken to Ørslev Kloster (Ørslevkloster) on Lindenov's estate where they lie under the floor of the monastery church until this day.
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 29, 2020, 03:23:04 PM »

Yermak Timofeyevich

Ерма́к Тимофе́евич, IPA:  born between 1532 and 1542 – August 5 or 6, 1585) was a Cossack ataman and is today a hero in Russian folklore and myths. In the reign of Tsar Ivan the Terrible Yermak started the Russian conquest of Siberia.

Yermak worked in the Stroganovs' river fleet as a porter and a sailor transporting salt along the Kama and the Volga rivers. Growing tired of his work, he assembled a gang, left his employment, and moved to the Don region to become a river pirate using flat bottom boats. Among his fellow Cossack bandits, he acquired the nickname Yermak ("mill stone").

Russians' fur-trade interests fueled their desire to expand east into Siberia. The Tatar khanate of Kazan was established as the best entryway into Siberia. In 1552, Ivan the Terrible's modernized army toppled the khanate. After the takeover of Kazan, the tsar looked to the powerful and affluent Stroganov merchant family to spearhead the eastward expansion. In the late 1570s, the Stroganovs recruited Cossack fighters to invade Asia on behalf of the tsar. These Cossacks elected Yermak as the leader of their armed forces, and in 1582 Yermak set out with an army of 840 to attack the Khanate of Sibir.

On October 26, 1582, Yermak and his soldiers overthrew Kuchum Khan's Tatar empire at Qashliq in a battle that marked the "conquest of Siberia". Yermak remained in Siberia and continued his struggle against the Tatars until 1584, when a raid organized by Kuchum Khan ambushed and killed him and his party.

Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 16, 2020, 02:39:21 PM »

John Callis

(also known as John Callice) became a pirate in Britain where the Welsh coastline became his domain.

Born in the 1500’s in Monmouthshire, Callis moved to London when he was young and became a retailer. Soon afterwards, his professional ambitions changed and he joined the Navy. It was in this role that he would first start seizing and selling cargo. As he became more confident in his abilities, his piratical activities escalated.

This sixteenth century Welsh pirate was particularly active in the region of South Wales, between Cardiff and Haverfordwest. He would spend his time selling his stolen cargo in the villages along the way such as Laugharne and Carew.

His piratical career lasted for decades before pressure from neighbouring countries forced to English government to take action and managed to capture him in 1576.
The elderly pirate attempted to assist authorities in tracking down other pirates in exchange for his release, however the authorities refused his offer and he was hanged in Newport later that year.   This article gives an interesting account of piracy at the time.   

1600-1800 / Re: Getting started reenacting classes:
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 09, 2020, 02:51:51 PM »
One way of starting a fire with a flintlock:
Personally I cheat and put a little priming powder in which will start fine tinder directly without charclothe.  Burning Lens
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