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Posted: 1/27/2021 1:58:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2021 2:05:44 AM EDT by SVA1]
I’ve seen it many times, not much of a reader though so never read any of the books it was based on.
About the kids, how did kids that young come to be in the service, were they actual enlistees?
Obviously a few of them were officers, how did they get to be officers on a ship that young? In the act where they put the mini ship with the lights in the water and mislead the other ship, then came up behind it in the morning, why does the surprise have the advantage to the point the other ship can only attempt to out distance it. It’s a long ways ahead, seems it could just turn and fight from there?
Why are kids standing at attention like behind the officers when they’re having dinner in that one scene? Are they on kp or something?
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 8:24:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SVA1:
I've seen it many times, not much of a reader though so never read any of the books it was based on.
About the kids, how did kids that young come to be in the service, were they actual enlistees?
Obviously a few of them were officers, how did they get to be officers on a ship that young? In the act where they put the mini ship with the lights in the water and mislead the other ship, then came up behind it in the morning, why does the surprise have the advantage to the point the other ship can only attempt to out distance it. It's a long ways ahead, seems it could just turn and fight from there?
Why are kids standing at attention like behind the officers when they're having dinner in that one scene? Are they on kp or something?
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And you expect us to explain to you the structure of 18th century Britain society and the social history of the Royal Navy?

It would take a book.

There were ship's boys and midshipmen.  A life of Nelson might help with midshipmen, but I'm tired.


Link Posted: 1/27/2021 6:18:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ODA_564:
And you expect us to explain to you the structure of 18th century Britain society and the social history of the Royal Navy?

It would take a book.

There were ship's boys and midshipmen.  A life of Nelson might help with midshipmen, but I'm tired


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I appreciate the site suggestions. Correct if anyone can explain that too would be appreciated as it’s a forum for social interaction. Reading books is good certainly, but often it’s more intriguing listening to others in responses.
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 6:40:08 PM EDT
A holdover from fuedal times when knights took young boys in as squires, mostly.  

Your family is impoverished with too many mouths to feed and not enough income.  Send your boys off to sea so they can learn a resurrected and honorable trade.
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 6:50:48 PM EDT
You really should read the books if you enjoyed the movie that much-- the movie is a loose adaptation of two of the books. The Horatio Hornblower series is excellent too, it had me ready to take the King's shilling when I was a kid-- they will both deepen the stories and make them that much more enjoyable.
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 6:57:37 PM EDT
The kids were Midshipmen.  
Not Officers, think Cadets or Officer Candidates.
Note they didn't eat with the Captain in his cabin.
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 7:02:16 PM EDT
David Farragut was a Midshipman at age 9 and a Prize Master of a captured ship at age 12 in the war of 1812.
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Originally Posted By SVA1:


I appreciate the site suggestions. Correct if anyone can explain that too would be appreciated as it's a forum for social interaction. Reading books is good certainly, but often it's more intriguing listening to others in responses.
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Unfortunately it takes considerable time to review sources, organize thoughts and prepare them in a simplified, yet through manner appropriate for an internet forum.

Obviously no one here lived in Georgian Great Britain or served in the Royal Navy during that period.  Anything anyone "says" is either what they've read or someone told them or a flippant remark.  How does someone with no background in the subject know what's accurate?

Another source is Youtube videos.  Of course these range from useless shit to very good.

This is very complex subject.  This might help with some of your questions.

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