The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
First Day out of Fiume
Jan 16, 1651, Friday morning
Weather: with chilly temperatures and a brief drizzle, with calm weather.
Allow me to break the tone of the post by explaining that as these new rules for sea travel (linking it to weather and all) are new to me, I'd like to move forward slowly, get a feeling for it and walk the party through it as well.
So, as the party does board the ship on the 15th, they're somewhat disquieted by a vicious storm that is blowing off the continent, known to the locals as the 'Bura' ... this is a hard wind which, on this particular occasion, by chance, blows only for a short 9 hours before letting up. Madam suspects some higher force may have taken the step of breaking the brief storm, but as early afternoon comes on it allows the Petrel's Wing to set sail. The Bura set down about three inches of snow, and Madam's 30 crew are less than pleased as they shovel off decks and clear ropes for hauling the ship onto the water.
The wind is poor, gentle at first, then reduced to nothing more than a light breeze in the evening, then gentle again throughout the night. With the morning, the weather is dead calm, so that the Petrel does not even have water pouring over the rudder. The ship drifts very slowly between the isles of Cres and Krk, and Madam is beside herself with fury. The progress has been no more than 27 knots. She has nothing good to say about clerics and their accursed meddling with the weather and the good winds, she has less good to say about the month of January and she's positively incensed by the discovery that on her first day out her favorite cheese has been nibbled at by rats. She has the whole crew out in the morning hunting every corner of the ship in the blasted cold trying to kill every rat aboard, while she broods on the quarterdeck glaring back at the passage through which the party has just come.
There's little for the party to do, I know ... and though this may be a bit slow in the running progress, like I say I just want to get a handle on ship movement and travel.