Francis Kirke Posted January 27, 2017 Share Posted January 27, 2017 By the Thames The Enterprise is a mid-sized yacht that even an untrained eye can tell is not made in the typical Dutch design. Instead of a typical 3 or 4 sail Dutch design, the ships seems more like a cross between a cutter and a yacht, with 5 sails, a taller mast, and a wider boom. The profile of the ship would also seem lower and the lee-boards also shaped differently and longer, interestingly with a bit of carving like a wide feather. On the windward side, the lee-board is removable The craft is made from very straight-grained species of wood found in the colonies and the lower boards are quite light-colored whilst the boards up through the rails are a golden reddish color. It has a very good weight to strength ratio in the species of wood, enabling it to withstand the force of having more sails and a higher mast, making it quite deceptively fast. When not sailing across the Channel but used for pleasure, the yacht is furnished on the deck with wide cushioned benches, loungers and chairs. Above that at the rear of the craft above the main deck is the poop deck which sits over the yacht's cabin. This is the highest vantage point from which the yacht is navigated. As the yacht was designed and built as a prototype meant to coax commissions for building more, much of the wood not related to the stability of the ship is carved ornately like corded braids culminating in the boar's head coming off the bow (whose teeth can hold a large lantern or torch). Above the sails on the mast flies the ships primary ensign, the red cross of St. George which is raised by all ships not underway with Royal Warrant. The rear-facing sail flies an ensign with the emblem of his company, a silver filigree plate in between a large-antlered golden stag on a blue background with K.L Argent Co. across the center of it. Of both rear sides of the poop deck fly Francis' coat of arms Francis had promised a private yacht ride to the Duchess of Richmond after chapel that Sunday. There was much wind, and he had made arrangements to disembark at Barn Elms if need be so that they did not get stuck on the water. As it was, he was not sure what time the duchess would arrive as he had told her any time after 11. He had gotten there even earlier than he had said to make certain that nothing was amiss. As always, he had Tommy perform the duties of making her ready and getting her to Whitehall. His young cousin and ward was a capable acting-captain and had now made the Thames trip numerous times, so Francis' diligence was likely not necessary, but he was a man who knew the value of preparedness. In the meantime, Francis was waiting and watching wearing a warm, velvet justacorps of dark blue with silver braid and embroidery. His waistcoat was a wine-color as were the stockings covered by tall, black boots. The sword His Majesty had gifted him, a fine weapon, was hanging at his side. He wore a fur-lined cloak to keep out the wind, and the generous plume of his hat flapped. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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