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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the guns may be got, but the hull of her will be wholly lost, as not being capable of being weighed."

The "80 pieces of brass ordnance" can be retrieved, perhaps the most valuable part of the wreck per pound, as JWB's note three days ago has suggested to me: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/03/08/#c20... ; but the hull cannot be weighed = raised.

adamw   Link to this

Pictures of Leigh roads
Just next to Southend-on-Mud
Note the yachts balanced on their keels - the water is not deep. Hence the unsubmerged roundhouse.
Home of the original Captain Haddock (Sir Richard) - known to Pepys in later years

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Leigh-on-Sea with images of the Roadstead


Robert Gertz   Link to this

Hmmn...The "London" blown up. What other portents of coming doom for the greatest city in the world shall we see?


"Peter? That fellow Stuart get my hint?"

"'Fraid not, Almighty."

"Hmmn...Well, one ship. 'Twas a modest demonstration of wrath. Lets try...A plague."

"Might have to throw in fire and military disaster as well, sir. Takes a bit to shake this one."

"No locusts? You're usually a locusts sort of guy."

"Mmmmnnn...Not really the place for them, sir. And sir...About that special dispensation."

"Yes. For the lecherous little diary-keeper?"

"Very entertaining fellow, sir. But I'm thinking of Posterity here."

"Does have a certain charm, that journal of his...And that wife of his does pray hard for him. Though why, only I know. Well, we see..."

"Yes, sir."

"Or you will...Naturally I already know."

"Of course, sir."

Mary   Link to this


As in 'to weigh anchor' which is a more familiar modern example of this usage.

rob   Link to this

Robert Gertz, Heaven 1665....



JWB   Link to this

"... guns may be got...hull...wholly lost,"

Sam doesn't question Batten's competence as surveyor.

Harvey   Link to this

"Sam doesn’t question Batten’s competence as surveyor"

In Pepys' day they did not have the illusion that life can be made safe. It was understood that the Universe is bumpy and disasters don't necessarily point to incompetence.

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