RANSOME’S CROSSING–The Settings
In my introductory posts for Ransome’s Honor, I went into a lot of detail on how I chose the specific settings that appear in the first volume of this trilogy. Since Ransome’s Crossing picks up right where Ransome’s Honor leaves off, in the opening few chapters, most of the settings are still the same:
The home of Collin and Susan Yates:
The Witheringtons’ home:
And though it’s mentioned in Ransome’s Honor, we get to “see” much more of Brampton Park, home of the dowager Lady Dalrymple in Ransome’s Crossing:
After a few chapters, though, our characters set sail for Jamaica, some of them aboard Alexandra the 74-gun man o’ war commanded by William, and some aboard Audacious, a slightly smaller 64-gun ship commanded by Captain Alban Parker. We get to explore much more of the ships, as we spend so much more time on them, in Ransome’s Crossing.
William’s—now William and Julia’s quarters aboard Alexandra, which include a hanging box-bed fashioned after Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s aboard HMS Victory pictured here. William and Julia’s bed is wider, of course.
Though William’s is not so finely furnished and does not have the painted oilcloth on the floor, and Captain Parker’s, on Audacious is even smaller (but does have the black-and-white painted floor covering), here’s Nelson’s day cabin aboard HMS Victory:
Unfortunately, there are no images I can find of the midshipmen’s berth—known as the cockpit—which was in the bow of the ship, unlike the officers’ cabins, where were at the stern, taking full advantage of the light from the stern windows.
So now you can picture these settings the way I have, for the most part.