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Post L. A. Meyer: Bloody Jack
Is anyone here acquainted with the Bloody Jack series by Louis A. Meyer?

This is a juvenile (age 12 and up) series about a young girl who goes to sea in HMS "Dolphin" in 1802 disguised as a boy. The first novel in this series is titled "Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy".

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Since no one here seemed to have any knowledge of this series, I checked out this first book from my local library. While it might be an interesting book for kids or someone who knows little of life on a 44-gun RN frigate in 1802, I would think that adult AoS readers would have a problem due to historical inaccuracies.

A group of young boys (mostly street urchins) ask a sailor where to go to urinate. The sailor says "... go down to the head, which is next deck down, all the way aft." The boys go below to the gun deck and proceed to the ship's stern. There they find "a curved room with a curved bench... with holes in it for the sitting-down business and a metal trough along the side for the stand-up business."

Jacky's first meal consists of only meat and a biscuit. Jacky eats the biscuit completely during the time it takes to walk to his/her seat. From further comments, it was hard-tack. Jacky must have had steel teeth and jaws to be able to eat ship's biscuit so quickly especially without any liquid to drink.

There were a number of these so I stopped reading. If I wasn’t so far behind in my reading, I might have persevered, but alas.

It should be noted that the author is an American artist and a former US Navy officer.

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