This section provides a short description of all the major objects in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Surprise - She is a private man-of-war owned by Stephen Maturin, and captained by Jack Aubrey.
Letter of Marque - This is also known as a private man-of-war or a privateer--a privately-owned ship that received an official government license to conduct war upon the shipping interest of a national enemy.
Shelmerston - This is a fictional port town on the southern coast of England; much of Surprise's initial fitting out and crew operations are conducted here.
Diane - She is a French man-of-war safely tied up at the quay in St...
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