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Tango0115 Aug 2023 8:45 p.m. PST

"The French Brigantine "Coque en Fer" or translated in English as "Iron Shell", is a light merchant vessel that makes birth in the colonial port of Martinique. Her defiant christening was an Idea of the cargo company's book keeper who saw a deficit in recruiting sailors to serve aboard some of the more vulnerable short hall vessels in the Caribbean. With no extra coin to spend on cannon or careening, the company anointed the vessel with a name that would instill an undeserved confidence in her crew and hesitation to potential buccaneers with an inexpensive embellishment to her reputation. This has given her crew a bit of sang-froid attitude they really can't afford. After months of success, awe struck by the ship's fortune the company has almost bought into its own trompe l'œil. "Je ne sais quoi?" exclaimes the Company's owner Jean Maurice de Toulouse, How long would they have lasted on board a ship called "papier mâché" No? …"



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Grelber16 Aug 2023 10:24 p.m. PST

Lovely ship!

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Tango0117 Aug 2023 3:11 p.m. PST

Glad you like it…


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