As the weather gets cool and wet and oh-so-autumnal around here, it's always fun to escape to the tropics--even if only for a few minutes, and even if only for research. ;-)
Last week I realized with some surprise that my hero had to sail to Bermuda to get a count of the British fleet amassing there, so I had to scrabble to get some handy-dandy research. (Shucks.) See, Bermuda became a very strategic port for the British during the War of 1812. Its position off the coast of the U.S. made it a perfect rallying spot for the fleet coming from Europe, and it's where Vice Admiral Cochrane kept his flagship and headquarters through much of the war.
I imagine it was a terrible thing, commanding all your troops from Bermuda, especially in the winter months. Eh? ;-)
|Bermuda from space|
Now, my primary research book talked a lot about who arrived in Bermuda when, with how many ships that had how many guns, who was on what transport, who argued with whom...but it left out a little detail like, oh, the name of the port. So some quick internet research came to the rescue, and I discovered that the British fleet had anchored in Bailey's Bay.
On the hill above the bay was Mount Wyndham, a picturesque home that became the Admiralty House during the war.
And in the turquoise waters, if you squint just right, you can imagine my hero's ship, Masquerade, at anchor in the bay, a goodly distance from Cochrane's flagship, Tonnant (which means "thundering).
And now my little boy-o, who isn't feeling very well today, needs some attention, so I'll just leave you here in the warm, sultry sunshine of Bermuda...