Review of chapter "Chapter One" from fanreaderonetwo
""Atlantis personnel got a huge surprise that evening as the sun was setting. A ship, a three masted war galleon with 128 guns AND a tri-barrel runner gun at the bow just appeared, rising up out of the sea. Weirder yet, someone started calling out from the rigging, in English, trying to get anyone on the city/ship’s attention."
A "128 war galleon" is a bit over the top. Note that the HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar was only _100_ guns and was one of the largest ship in the Royal Navy in 1805. The Spanish Santisima Trinidad carried about 140 guns.
I suspect that 28 guns, or less, would be more appropriate armament for a _war galleon_ dating from 1600-1750.
Also, exactly what is a "tri-barrel runner gun"?
Do you mean an (anachronistic) 3-barreled gatling gun mounted as a bow chaser,
or something more sci-fi?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Victory
"The Santísima Trinidad (officially named Santísima Trinidad by Royal Order on 12 March 1768, nicknamed La Real and sometimes confused with the Manila galleon Santísima Trinidad y Nuestra Señora del Buen Fin) was a Spanish first-rate ship of the line of 112 guns, which was increased in 1795–96 to 130 guns by closing in the spar deck between the quarterdeck and forecastle, and around 1802 to 140 guns, thus creating what was in effect a continuous fourth gundeck although the extra guns added were actually relatively small. She was the heaviest-armed ship in the world when rebuilt, and bore the most guns of any ship of the line outfitted in the Age of sail."
Comments from author:
Wiki is horribly inaccurate, a lot of the time because ANYBODY can come along and change it. AND I've gotten viruses from wikis, so don't go to them. Quote facts from somewhere more reliable and official and I'll check them out.
In the meantime, I asked a friend who loves the movies to tell me what guns the ships had and other pertinent facts so that I could be accurate. He loves trivia like that and was only too happy to oblige and because he's been a reliable source in the past, I didn't double check it. We're talking about a specific ship in a film, not an actually historical vessel.
He informs me that the tri-barrel runner gun on the bow was for three chances to shoot a ship's mast as you chased it, so that you didn't have to give the enemy your broadside as you attacked. That or for shooting out the rudder so the prey couldn't maneuver. *shrugs*"
The stuff in the wiki probably came _straight_ out of some history book(s) or other,
so its reliable, particularly about the HMS Victory (a _very_ famous and well documented vessel) and the Battle of Trafalgar. You can look up the ship and the battle in any number of print or on-line sources.
The precise data about the Santísima Trinidad is a little more obscure, but matches what I've read about her in print.
Just look up the number of guns carried by small to medium sized warships in that era, and successful pirate ships were usually on the small but fast and handy side, not battleships.
As for the "tri-barrel runner gun", it was either a _very_ odd and extremely rare weapon, (meaning that it extremely impractical and quickly discarded and forgotten) or else it was something a hack writer dreamed up to spice up a novel or movie.
Like the "flying guillotine" I recall used in a low-rent kung fu movie of the same name.
My money is that the tri-barrel runner gun was imaginary.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_the_Flying_Guillotine
I appreciate your enthusiasm for what you're trying to say. However, I am dealing with a movie ship that had this armament, not a real vessel. And I will NOT go to a wiki.
Have you even seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? The tri-barrel gun WAS in the movie, so take up your objections with IT, not me. Okay? Can we drop this now? Please?
Review By [fanreaderonetwo
] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated