Geoff Hunt Print - "Surgeon's Mate" Cover art for Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series book. Dirty weather in the English Channel aboard the little sloop Ariel. The quarterdeck looks crowded even now; it must have been difficult to find foot room if the guns or the capstan were in use. The guns themselves are compact, however; these 32-pounder carronades recoil on their slides, taking up no more space than seen here. -- on ScrimshawGallery.com #GeoffHunt #Aubrey
The Surgeon's Mate
At 21:00, a fire was seen on the lower decks of the Orient. Identifying the danger this posed to the French flagship, Captain Hallowell directed his gun crews to fire their cannon directly into the blaze. Sustained British cannon fire spread the flames throughout the ship's stern, and prevented all efforts to extinguish it. Within minutes the flames had ascended the rigging and set the vast sails alight.