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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2018 9:04 p.m. PST

"From his leaking cabin, the imperial paymaster, Guillaume Peyrusse, wrote to his father about being rocked so violently by the waves that he fell out of bed and smacked his head on the wet floor. The sounds of overnight hammering had him convinced the ship wouldn't survive the crossing. When he voiced his concerns about the rough weather to some midshipmen on watch, they laughed and told him winds ten times stronger could hardly be called a storm by their reckoning. He spent the rest of the trip sulking in his cabin, trying to soothe his seasickness with ham, tea, and sweet Málaga wine.

Napoleon enjoyed a more comfortable night than did his paymaster. The ship's captain, Thomas Ussher, had given the deposed emperor the run of his quarters, which spanned the Undaunted's stern, while he shared a smaller night cabin with Generals Henri Bertrand and Antoine Drouot, the Frenchmen's beds separated from his own by a flimsy screen…."
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Armand

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2018 4:48 a.m. PST

A most interesting excerpt of Bonaparte's voyage of exile to Elba. Thanks for posting it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2018 2:06 p.m. PST

A votre service service mon ami!. (smile)

Amicalement
Armand

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