Before Magpie became known as the little sailmaker, he was a climbing boy in London. Climbing boys were the young apprentices of chimney sweeps. As early as age four to six, they were forced to climb up and clean the
The fictitious Dr. Leander Braden received his medical training at the University of Edinburgh and took to the sea after losing his wife and infant son. Although a physician, he was a rare commodity in the Royal Navy. For the
The novelist Jane Austen had two seafaring brothers, Francis and the younger Charles. Francis in particular had a most distinguished naval career. Many of the personal details I ascribed to the fictitious Fly are true to the real Francis Austen
Rules Restaurant in Maiden Lane (Covent Garden) was once an oyster bar opened in 1798 by Thomas Rule. It made several appearances in Downton Abbey and is mentioned in Cheryl’s upcoming Book #3.
Somerset House (1776) is situated between the Strand and the River Thames in central London. It is presently a centre for culture and the arts, but once housed the Navy Office and Admiralty officials who worked in the South Wing.
Admiralty House in Whitehall, London, (1788) was the official residence of First Lords of the Admiralty until 1964. In more recent times, Winston Churchill lived here while serving his two terms as First Lord. Further Reading: Admiralty House – General
Cheryl spent eight days at sea, crossing the Atlantic from Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon, Portugal (April 2 – 10). The ship weighed 113,000 tons and barely rocked when hit with stormy waves, but it was an opportunity to experience certain
Portsmouth, England – May 2015 The final scenes in Second Summer of War take place in Portsmouth, England, as do the opening scenes in my as yet untitled Book #3. My husband, Randy, and I stayed at The George (circa
Admiralty House, Halifax Nova Scotia – October 2013 Perusing old naval documents with care and white gloves! Note: Admiralty House once served as the official residence of the admiral commanding the North American Station of the Royal Navy. In it’s official
Chawton Cottage, Hampshire, England – September 2011 Jane Austen’s literary home. It was in this cottage that she finished working on Sense & Sensibility (1811) and Pride & Prejudice (1813). In Come Looking for Me, Emily reads Sense & Sensibility