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New Here? / Has anyone been trying to register?
« Last post by Karl Helweg on January 02, 2020, 08:10:00 PM »
It seems odd that we have had no new members since
    September 19, 2019, 10:00:04 PM
Off-Topic Stuff / Re: Dueling
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 26, 2019, 04:20:40 PM »
Code Duello   or rules for dueling

"Reprinted from "American Duels and Hostile Encounters," Chilton Books, 1963.

The Code Duello, covering the practice of dueling and points of honor, was drawn up and settled at Clonmel Summer Assizes, 1777, by gentlemen-delegates of Tipperary, Galway, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon, and prescribed for general adoption throughout Ireland. The Code was generally also followed in England and on the Continent with some slight variations. In America, the principal rules were followed, although occasionally there were some glaring deviations.

Rule 1. The first offense requires the first apology, though the retort may have been more offensive than the insult. Example: A tells B he is impertinent, etc. B retorts that he lies; yet A must make the first apology because he gave the first offense, and then (after one fire) B may explain away the retort by a subsequent apology.

Rule 2. But if the parties would rather fight on, then after two shots each (but in no case before), B may explain first, and A apologize afterward.

N.B. The above rules apply to all cases of offenses in retort not of stronger class than the example.

Rule 3. If a doubt exist who gave the first offense, the decision rests with the seconds; if they won't decide, or can't agree, the matter must proceed to two shots, or to a hit, if the challenger require it.  etc....."
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 26, 2019, 04:13:49 PM »
Eustace the Monk   ( Eustache le Moine; c. 1170 – 24 August 1217)

Eustace was born a younger son of Baudoin Busket, a lord of the county of Boulogne. According to his biography, he went to Toledo, Spain, and studied black magic there. The author of the Histoire des Ducs de Normandie wrote in Eustace's own day, "No one would believe the marvels he accomplished, nor those which happened to him many times." He later returned home to become a Benedictine monk at St Samer Abbey near Calais, and then left the monastery to avenge his murdered father. Other evidence, however, suggests that his father's death occurred soon after 1190. That evidence proves that by 1202, Eustace was the seneschal and bailiff of the count of Boulogne, Renaud de Dammartin, and that in c. 1204, the two quarrelled and, accused of mishandling his stewardship, Eustace fled and was declared an outlaw. Renaud confiscated his lands and fields; Eustace burned two mills in retaliation.
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 06, 2019, 02:19:47 PM »

Captain John Crabbe

Flemish pirate best known for his successful use of a ship-mounted catapult. Once won the favor of Robert the Bruce and acted as a naval officer for England during the Hundred Years' War (after being captured by King Edward III.)
Some of our returning SP cruisers are more interested in the same cruise but in March 2021 due to work schedules.

FastDeal       43278
7 nights departing March 7, 2021 on
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

Brochure Inside    $759
Our Inside    $759
You Save    0%
Brochure Oceanview    $803
Our Oceanview    $803
You Save    0%
Brochure Balcony    $942
Our Balcony    $942
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Brochure Suite    $1,932
Our Suite    $1,932

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.

While SteamPunk overlaps with Victorian & Western reenactors, we welcome anyone wearing similar.  We enjoy being seated for formal supper together (a lot more fun than it sounds) and the more linked reservations that we get the larger the shared discounts and onboard credits.  If you have never taken a cruise having a group of interesting like minded people to hang out with makes a world of difference.  Also see: 
Middle Ages Vendors / Re: Combat armor
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 02, 2019, 04:16:55 PM »
Anyone interested in armour will probably also like: 
We are also considering the same (HUGE) ship and itinerary for the first weeks of March & April 2021.  The rooms may be slightly higher prices though.  We are hoping to receive more input from past and new cruisers.

It is getting to be time to start planning the 9th Annual SP Cruise for 2021.  We are considering this one mostly because it is on one of the largest cruise ships in the world, has a new stop for us, and is returning to St Kitts, which we enjoyed.

7 nights departing February 7, 2021 on
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

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

Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on November 22, 2019, 02:27:27 PM »
The Lioness Of Brittany

Jeanne de Clisson's tale is one of tragedy, revenge and the showmanship. As the wife of Olivier III de Clisson, Jeanne was a happily married mother of five, and a lady of Brittany, France. But when land wars between England and France led to her husband being charged with treason and punished with decapitation, she swore revenge on the France's King Philip VI.

The widowed de Clisson sold all of her land to buy three warships, which she dubbed her Black Fleet. These were painted black, draped with blood red sails, and crewed with merciless privateers. From 1343-1356, the Lioness of Brittany sailed the English Channel, capturing the French King's ships, cutting down his crew, and beheading with an axe any aristocrat who had the misfortune to be onboard. Remarkably, despite all her theft and bloodshed, de Clisson retired quietly. She even remarried, settling down with English lieutenant Sir Walter Bentley.

Believed to have died in 1359, some say she has since returned to de Clisson Castle in Brittany, where her grey ghost walks the halls.
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on November 22, 2019, 02:22:15 PM »
Sayyida al Hurra

A contemporary and ally of the Turkish pirate Barbarossa, Sayyida al-Hurra was a pirate queen and was the last woman awarded the title of al Hurra (Queen), following the death of her husband who had ruled Tétouan, Morocco. In fact, her real name is unknown. Sayyida al Hurra is a title that translates to “noble lady who is free and independent; the woman sovereign who bows to no superior authority.”

She ruled from 1515-1542, controlling the western Mediterranean Sea with her pirate fleet while Barbarossa roamed the eastern side. Al Hurra's inspiration to take to piracy came from a wish for revenge against the "Christian enemy" she felt had wronged her years before when Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella ran her Muslim family out of Granada. She was a feared figure for the Spanish and Portuguese, whose historical records are peppered with paperwork involving reports about her exploits and ransoms.

At the height of her power, al-Hurra remarried to the king of Morocco, yet refused to give up her seat of power in Tétouan. But in 1542, she was given no choice when her son-in-law overthrew her. The Yemen Times weighs in on her final chapter, writing, "She was stripped of her property and power and her subsequent fate is unknown."
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