It’s never too late to fact check and in the past couple of days I’ve had some surprises. For instance I arbitrarily chose the Helston area for the home of my character Lt. Christopher Penrose, RN, in On A Lee Shore. I was fiddling round with maps yesterday and discovered that there’s a National Trust property called the Penrose Estate just to the south east of the town. I’m assuming that I sort of knew that but it’s so deeply buried in my internal hard drive that I didn’t know I knew it, if you know what I mean.
The other thing I know I didn’t know! Another character in the story is a Spanish lieutenant called De Torres who falls foul of the pirates, is rescued by the navy and repatriated. That’s in 1718/1719. I like to conjecture what happens to characters after I’ve done with them and in De Torres’ case he must have done pretty well for himself. In 1733, a Rodrigo De Torres was a Lientenant General and was put in charge of the returning treasure fleet. Not his fault at all that it most of it was wrecked on the Florida Keys on the way home. Poor De Torres, what a rough life.
Speaking of maps I was amused by the one below, and in particular by the description of the men of Cornwall in the legend at the bottom.