‘they’re born with predatory instincts’

On October 19, while putting over his cover story about an old wreck and buried treasure, Von Brüning gets a little bit snooty about the local Frisians, claiming they have ‘a weakness for plunder’. He more or less describes them as pirates. Imagine my surprise to find that for hundreds of years that is pretty muchContinue reading “‘they’re born with predatory instincts’”

‘a specimen of the smallest variety of jack-snipe’

Carruthers hasn’t talked enough about shooting since he acquired his Lancasters back in September. At last on October 16, he bothers to get his gun out, but all he manages to bag is a jack snipe. Not very impressive. Jack snipes are rather lovely little things – tiny even. One bird alone would certainly notContinue reading “‘a specimen of the smallest variety of jack-snipe’”

‘the scene from the offing was desolate to the last degree’

Charting the Harle, as Carruthers & Davies claim to be doing on October 16, was probably a rather pointless exercise back in 1898. As already noted by Lloyd (not Davies) in a previous post, the sands in these parts are constantly shifting, and the channels would be changing pretty regularly as a result. Nowhere isContinue reading “‘the scene from the offing was desolate to the last degree’”

The 16th Adventure Club Podcast: Spiekeroog, snipes & the Maxim machine gun

The entry in Carruthers’s log book for October 16 makes mention of: a survey of the Muschel Balge between Wangerooge and Spiekeroog; a spot of hunting for jack snipe; encounters with both the galliot Kormoran and the torpedo gunboat Blitz – the latter armed with four ‘Maxims’. Lots for us to get our teeth intoContinue reading “The 16th Adventure Club Podcast: Spiekeroog, snipes & the Maxim machine gun”