Hornblower: The Duchess and The Devil

Corrected entry: As Hornblower and his crew are rescuing the shipwreck survivors, Horatio says, "Olroyd, throw him a rope". Pure heresy. No professional seaman would ever, under any circumstances, call a line a rope.

Correction: Seaman used the word "rope" then, and still do today. There are "rope-makers" who make "rope" on "rope-walks" and store it in "rope-houses", there are "foot-ropes", "bolt ropes", "tiller ropes", "check ropes", "dip ropes", and not to mention the the sailor's nemesis, a petty officer with an evil temper and a "rope end." A rope is a length of cordage, a line is a rope that has been given a specific job.

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.