A lot of the work Jack does is not really photogenic, being typed or workbooks so I know I tend to document what Sam does more often. So for a change I thought I’d cut and paste the writing I asked Jack to do about yesterday’s HMS Victory tour. I am very pleasantly surprised by how much he took in (way more than me!). Makes the fuss of organising these things worth it – first time I have really felt that he has really gained something from a trip or workshop of this type besides having a nice time. Sam, I know takes things in (you can almost physically see the cogs whirring as he processes things) but Jack is not much of a visual or aural style of learner (more a reader) and he seems to absorb things by stealth. But obviously his imagination was captured by this one or maybe it’s a sign of his growing maturity…
The Victory is a war ship that admiral Nelson sailed on in the war against Napoleon and his French troops.
The Victory was built about 200 years ago and is made of wood.
If a sailor was idle he would be whacked around the back of the neck with a bit of knotted rope called the persuader. If sailors were caught stealing or committing some other crime onboard ship they would be locked on the punishment deck where they would be kept in foot holds and have to make a cat of nine tails which the next day would be used to flog the criminal.
On long sea voyages drinking water went all sludgy in the barrel .So they drank beer, rum, wine and brandy instead. They ate fish, oats, beans, rice and beef. The crew kept goats, cows and chickens on board for fresh meat although they didn’t really need it because there were enough maggots on their ships biscuits(hard tack) for everyone.
The weapons that the sailors had were swords and rifles with bayonets. The Victory has 104 cannons which it could fire every 25 seconds which was quicker than the French because they could only fire every 5 minutes. There were different types of cannon balls. A round shot for smashing stuff, a bar shot that span round and was good for destroying masts, a chain shot which was good for destroying sails and a grape shot which was a bag tied up with string containing little cannonballs. When this was fire the bag would explode and the little cannonballs would rain down onto the deck instantly killing any survivors so that the navy could capture the ship.
Sometimes boys as young as nine would join the crew.