RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hello everyone! Work continues on the High Spider Part II, and there’s going to be a cool Kickstarter/book announcement later today, but in the meantime we’ve got some Tumblrs:

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4 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

  1. Keith B says:

    160 miles a day is fast for a medieval sailing ship. You’d be lucky to get 100, and that’s not counting stops for fresh water and food. Columbus did about that well going from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, and he had the trade winds behind him all the way.

    By way of comparison, the Flying Cloud made a record voyage from New York to San Francisco, 16000 miles in 89 days, or about 180 miles per day. I highly doubt that any medieval ship was remotely close to that fast.

    • Murc says:

      Planetos naval technology is solidly 13th century. They have the cog, but not the carrack. I’m not even sure that have the caravel.

      Six and a half knots is really pushing it, especially for blue-water sailing. Four would be a lot more realistic.

    • Brett says:

      I could see 100 miles a day in good weather. That would change the trip from 57 to 91 days, then you figure that every few weeks they stop for water and supplies (and to unload cargo at destinations along the way). Maybe another 30-60 days on top of that, assuming no troubles in port?

      That would all fit pretty well. Round trip would be approaching 250-300 days to make the Jade Sea cycle trip and back. That’s a long voyage even in good weather, and of course in bad weather it would all take much longer and be more hazardous.

  2. zonaria says:

    House Peake and its castles – the name of the castle they nabbed from the Manderleys, Dunstonebury, is obviously taken from Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. Imagine my amusement on a recent visit there to find out that the English Heritage warden on duty that day was a Mr Peake…

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