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Ballantine Learns the Truth. It had taken Harker weeks of enquiries, bribes and threats, to find his quarry and his tireless work and diligence had finally paid off. Having confirmed a few weeks ago that Magda, or rather Maggie, was living with Mary James, Harker had started wondering about why she had moved from Blackmore’s […]

Rebellion. “Rebels! What rebels?” Blackmore was already stunned by the revelations made by Schott and now it seems he was in the midst of a rebellion. “This voyage is becoming more bizarre by the minute.” “We have to move, Captain. These rebels mean business.” “My immediate business, Herr Schott, is concern for the safety of […]

A Box of Tricks. For Maggie, life was hard enough being pregnant. But being a pregnant woman who is also an amnesiac, unmarried and living in someone else’s home was becoming intolerable. Not that she was ungrateful to Mary James for taking her in. She knew she had a true friend in Mary and that […]

Harker’s Search. “What do you mean you don’t know where she is? Don’t tell me you’ve lost her? How can you lose a person? You should have brought her to me at once, instead of playing this cat and mouse game… you… you…” Ballantine’s anger and agitation were palpable. Harker on the other hand stood […]

Storm Warning. The sinking of the Titanic had demonstrated to the world and the world’s sailors that the new invention of telegraphic communication was going to save many lives. What wasn’t known at the time was that communications between vessels in distress at sea were hap-hazard affairs, with more emphasis on pleasing passengers by sending […]

Crossing the Line. The Lady Jane was making good progress into the first month of her voyage and had left Brazil with the crew in high spirits, not something reflected in her captain’s demeanour. His was dour and not at all enjoying the voyage. Nothing could shake him from his funk and he had a […]

The Days Grow Longer. Four weeks on from the departure of the Lady Jane and Maggie had grown a little accustomed to her new daily routine without Richard. There was little to keep her occupied, so she made almost daily trips to a small library where she would sit engrossed in stories of Greek Heroes […]

Venezuela. A voyage form New York down the eastern coast of North America, through the Caribbean Sea and on past Central America to eventual dock at the northern part of South America was no mean feat in the days of sail, but the coming of steam power saw a surge in such voyages both for […]

A Parting of the Ways. Richard Blackmore was once more subservient to Gordon Bellagon’s wishes. He was pacing on the dock at the foot of the Arabia’s gangway, impatiently waiting for his erstwhile engineer to allow him on-board. At Bellagon’s insistence, Blackmore was to apologise for his treatment of Bellagon’s nephew. It had been a […]