Cuimhneachan Trafalgar

(An t-Ard-mharaiche Macaroni Mac a' Pheanguin on na h-Eileanan Fàclannach a' sgrùdadh na trùpan.)

Trafalgar. Agincourt. Colditz. Rourke's Drift. Stiophan MacShuibhne air a' mhotar-baidhg aige. Sin na rudan a rinn na Breatannaich fhèin.

Nach eil àrd-inntinn oirnn uile? Neo a bheil sgeulachd caran eadar-dhealaichte ann?

Cò tha bruidhinn air press gangs? As aonais na press gangs, cha bhitheadh cabhlach mor aig MacNèill. Chaidh na press gangs air feadh na dùthcha, chun baile mor Sruighlea, agus àiteachan nach robh faisg air a' chuan mhòr idir. Sna luing dorcha, salach aig MacNèill, fhuair iad uile rum is sgiùrsadh, a bharrachd air ciorramachadh fada nas miosa na sin.

Cha b'e eachdraidh cho aighearach aig ìmpireileas Bhreatainn ris am faicear air na meadhanan san là an diugh.


Blogger Gath Clag said...

"British captains were responsible for recruiting their ship’s crew. Men were taken wherever they could be found, largely by means of the press gang. All nationalities served on British ships including French and Spanish. Loyalty for a crew lay primarily with their ship. Once the heat of battle subsided there was little animosity against the enemy. Great efforts were made by British crews to rescue the sailors of foundering French and Spanish ships at the end of the battle."

"Life on a warship, particularly the large ships of the line, was crowded and hard. Discipline was enforced with extreme violence, small infractions punished with public lashings. The food, far from good, deteriorated as ships spent time at sea. Drinking water was in constant short supply and usually brackish. Shortage of citrus fruit and fresh vegetables meant that scurvy easily and quickly set in. The great weight of guns and equipment and the necessity to climb rigging in adverse weather conditions frequently caused serious injury.

"Wounds in Eighteenth Century naval fighting were often terrible. Cannon balls ripped off limbs or, striking wooden decks and bulwarks, drove splinter fragments across the ship causing great injury. Falling masts and rigging inflicted crush injuries. Sailors stationed aloft fell into the sea from collapsing masts and rigging and were drowned. Heavy losses were caused when a ship finally succumbed and sank or blew up."


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