This week we’re concentrating on September 28 & 29, in which Davies’s onboard library is discussed, and a dangerous concoction called ‘coffee-punch’ sampled.
We also talk at length about how you can support this project by pledging to pay for access to the live web adventure in the autumn, acquiring a beautiful Handbook Edition of ‘The Riddle of the Sands which we are threatening to write, and bag various other lovely rewards.
In the podcast we discuss: how we’re going to write a book of our adventures (02:20); our partnership with Unbound (03:18); details of the online adventure you could enjoy in the autumn (04:29); honourable mentions in mainstream media (06:20); the different levels of reward for supporters (06:58). For full details go to: http://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands. Spread the word. We can’t go on our adventure without you!
Also – the serious and important business of researching ‘coffee punch’ (09:19); Kate Mayfield’s excellent suggestion for a punch recipe (11:11); talk of Danish ‘snaps’, aquavit and ‘bjesk’ (13:27); the fine tradition of singing ‘snapsvisa’ (16:15); the books on board the Dulcibella (18:34); the books on board Childers’s boat in 1897 (21:33); other popular books of the late 1890s about Germany (24:20); E.F Knight, the godfather of small boat sailing in the Baltic (27:16); club members Paul & Tony share their expertise about converted lifeboats (29:22); we start the great centreboard vs leeboard debate (31:08).
Club business: Jeff alerts us to opportunities to visit the Foreign Office building where Carruthers would have worked (33:12); Jerry alerts us to his own planned adventure on board his boat Marihona (34:17).
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
‘the strains of a huge musical box’. What kind of musical box would have been taking up room in a north German pilot’s house in 1898?
Beer. There appears to be quite a lot of beer drunk on September 30, so we think it’s about time we got to know the local Schleswig brews. Join us!
Duck shooting. Finally we get a chance to use our Lancasters (see http://www.riddleofthesands.net/wordpress/2015/03/30/at-lancasters-i-inquired-for-his-gun/). We’d love to hear from someone who’s been duck shooting, and we also need a few German duck recipes, please.
Vikings and the Schlei Fjord. We believe this was a key part of an ancient route for Vikings heading from the Baltic to the North Sea – yet another bunch of people planning to invade Britain by boat. Tell us what you know about this area.