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June 21st, 2006


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08:50 am - WWF, a lesson in pseudo-history, and some real history
A couple of things that came up at Walking With Fire ought to be noted.

We went to America's Stonehenge (biggest fraud ever!) one day, and there was a large map on the wall about all the "explorers" who have been sent around the world. A couple caught our eye: Prince Madoc, a Welshman who discovered America in 1170 and settled in Kentucky; and Sir Henry Sinclair, a Templar Knight who discovered Nova Scotia in 1397.

All we had when looking at the maps were the names, so I wrote them down in hopes of eventually figuring out who they were. And wouldn't you know it, the Internet has come through again.

Also, we came across a memorial to Captain James Mugford in Marblehead, who was killed on May 17, 1776. His grave was at the top of Old Burial Hill, on a monument that describes his ship, the Franklin (60 tons and four 4-pound guns), and the capture of the HMS Hope, a 300 ton, 10 gun ship. The Hope was one of the most valuable prizes of the revolution, amounting to about $1,349,343.15 in prize money.

Captain Mugford had been pressed into service on a British frigate, where he learned of the Hope's arrival and destination. His wife managed to get him released from his impressment by indicating that they were only recently married and that she needed the support. He immediately boarded a fishing ship called the Franklin, outfitted the ship for battle, and got his own crew (he had not received an actual commission at this point, only applied for it, which makes him technically a pirate, and the prize money was never properly paid out).

When the Hope appeared, he sailed alongside her, still pretending to be a fishing boat. He then grappled the English ship, called his crew from below decks, and boarded her. Then he sailed off to Boston with her.

All this was done within sight of the British fleet anchroed at Nantasket Roads.

The siezure of the powder on the Hope also prevented the British, at Nantasket Roads, from opposing Washington's entry to Boston in March 1776 (the British had evacuated, and were partially pending the supply of powder from the ship to counterattack). Washington also had only nine rounds of powder to each man at this point, and could never have repelled the British, had they attacked.

Two days after the siezure, the Franklin was sailing through Sherley Gut alongside the USS Lady Washington and was attacked by a number of British ships (about 100 or so men in 12 or 13 ships, compared to the 21 men on the Franklin and 7 men on the Lady Washington). Mugford was mortally wounded, the only loss of life on the American side, his last words being an answer to the question, "Are you wounded?"

"Yes, but don’t let the enemy know the situation, and if I die act as if I were alive and am still commanding."

The Franklin escaped, and Mugford was buried with full military honours on Old Burial Hill.

A good description can be found about half-way down this page, utilizing primary sources to describe the battle in which Mugford lost his life (search on "May 17" to find the specific spot). Apparently, before he died, Mugford personally cut off the hands of about 5 pirates trying to board.

A couple of sources.
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From:tanrinia
Date:June 21st, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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i would love it if a welshman truly 'discovered' america, but it's a pretty contraversial story. as to this...

All this was done within sight of the British fleet anchroed at Nantasket Roads.

bloody sassanach...always were pansies.... :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I imagine that they were just a bit surprised :) How many 4 gun ships take on 10 gun ones that are 4 times their size. . . and win without a shot fired?
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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I'd never heard of him. Nor had anyone else in our group. So, I, being the historian, offered to look him up. And Mugford.

Cool stuff :) I love history.
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From:serendipity_9
Date:June 21st, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Never heard of Prince Madoc, after whom my son was named? For shame! LOL!

BTW: nice site you picked. However, the AL-KY-TN/Missouri River is just one of the threads that talks about Prince Madoc. Further googling comes up with a host of other (sometimes crackpot) theories as to where they landed. In fiction, you might recognize Maddog from Madeleine l'Engle's books (I believe he was in _A Swiftly Tilting Planet_).
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Interesting history bits. Thank you for sharing.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm full of interesting bits.
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
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I have no doubt.

The part that pleases me is your willingness to *share* your bits with the world at large.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
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I'm almost always up for sharing, you know.

I think that, when I'm not, I'm just being contrary to be contrary. :)
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm just being contrary to be contrary.

You? Never. ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Of course not. I would never, ever do that. . .
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Scouts honor? ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Totally:

From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Are they *spanking* the one in the middle with their belts? Is there some dark BDSM side to scouting that I wasn't aware of?
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
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They sure are.

The picture came from the BSA's official course on Youth Protection. Took it three weeks ago. Didn't miss a single question, but damn if I was going to let that picture go unpublished. . .

(For those curious as to why that picture even exists, it's from a section about "What form of abuse does the picture at left represent?" The answer, of course, is "hazing")
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Ahhh, and so you reveal yet another interesting bit.

It's like a game of informational strip poker, but without the cards.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
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*smiles* There are few things I won't talk about in general. Generally, they involve other people.

I'm glad I'm not part of an Oathbound tradition. I'd never manage.

(actually, I might. . . Hard to say)
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Hard to say and not really worth the speculation. You have better things to think about.
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From:rfunk
Date:June 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)

informational strip poker

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Does that mean chronarchy keeps losing the hand?

Also, we now seem to have an answer to my other question; not all his bits are necessarily historical.
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)

Re: informational strip poker

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You know, I hadn't thought about it, but yes, it would appear that chronarchy does indeed keep losing the hand. I'm not sure if that makes me the winner though, as it means I'm (at least partially) the recipient of his bits.
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From:rfunk
Date:June 21st, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)

Re: informational strip poker

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In that case only you can be the judge of whether you're winning. But since you're not revealing as many bits, you're certainly doing better than he is.
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Dammit, changed to my VPN and forgot to log back in. *slaps self*
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 21st, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
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That's okay :) I forget often.
From:weavingfire
Date:June 21st, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)

American Stonehedge is True!

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I mean, they have alpacas! Alpacas would never be involved with any kind of fraud!

(yes, this is just another cheap way for me to say...alpaca)

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