Captain Aubrey's World
The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels—20 completed and one unfinished—by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also a physician, natural philosopher, and intelligence agent. The 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World took material from books in this series. These pins center on the Aubrey-Maturin universe .
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The French ship Mont-Blanc (1791) off Marseille, with two merchantmen in the backgroud by Ange-Joseph-Antoine Roux (1765–1835) One of the ships of Rear-Admiral Pierre Dumanoir le Pelley at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. She was taken and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Mont Blanc. Used as a gunpowder hulk from 1811, and sold in 1819.
'HMS Leander' Fourth-Rate 52-gun ship--By 1797 the fourth-rate was not considered fit for the line of battle, yet that is where H.M.S. Leander found herself, at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August. Here seen passing the grounded Culloden and the brig Mutine, Leander played a distinguished part in the ensuing night action.
'The Hundred Days'--Nineteenth in the Aubrey/Maturin canon by Patrick O'Brian, this magnificent image for the book cover shows "HMS Surprise" leading the frigate squadron, cleared for night action. She is followed by "Pomone", "Briseis", "Dover", "Ganymede" and "Rainbow" while the tender "Ringle" stays close by.
'"Victory" races "Temeraire" for the enemy line, Trafalgar, 21st October 1805'--As the British line rolled gently towards the French and Spanish fleets on the morning of Trafalgar - they took six hours to get within range because of the light winds - "Temeraire" began to overtake Nelson's "Victory" which, naturally, was leading. Nelson's reaction was predictable; 'I'll thank you, Captain Harvey, to take your proper station" he shouted to Temeraire's captain
HMS Surprise off Calcutta--This was the cover of Patrick O'Brian's third novel in the Aubrey / Maturin canon. The fabulous frigate was constructed in Le Havre as L’Unite in 1794. It was a 24-gun corvette, armed with 8lb long guns. The British captured her in April 1796 in the Mediterranean, and her name changed to the HMS Surprise. She was re-armed and classed as a 28-gun ship. She actually carried 32 32-lb carronades and 4 6-lb long guns on her foredeck.
Ship's Company of HMS Surprise Geoff Hunt brings to life a typical ship's company for a fifth-rate at about the maximum establishment of 200. The captain and the three lieutenants (naval and marine) are the only commissioned officers. The principal warrant officers were the master, purser, surgeon, boatswain, gunner, carpenter and the cook; of whom the master, purser and surgeon were regarded as gentlemen, and together with the lieutenants formed the company of the wardroom.