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    Re: Master & Commander
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2003 Dec 10, 08:46 +0000

    Rodney wrote:
    > I take it you have not seen the movie. When Surprise is anchored in the
    > Galapagos, crewmembers row ashore and gather cactus and chop it in
    > pieces. WIth some understood delaty, we see them operating an alembic
    > (pot still) of larger size than would fit on a galley stove. They have
    > moved it ashore and are running it over a fire on the beach. The pot is
    > about a meter in diameter, big enough to be a stowage problem.
    No, I have not seen the movie. (Aside from a passing interest in seeing
    the "Rose" in her new guise, after sailing in her when she was in the
    sail-training role, I can't say that it has much attraction for me.)
    I can say that no such still as you describe was part of the standard
    equipment on a frigate. However, a naval captain of the time had a fair
    amount of latitude in what he might choose to take to sea, so one cannot
    entirely dismiss the notion of such a thing being carried.
    Trevor Kenchington
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