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16- Fish Expert

11th October, 2018 in Chapter 6: Letters of Marque
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16- Fish Expert

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11th October, 2018
Jammy
Yeah, you guys totally called it.

Disregarding the resulting quality, Murphy can cook. But fresh fish is a weird thing to be on board a ship.

Comments:

11th October, 2018
Leafa
I'm pleased that there are more non-jerks on board the ship!
11th October, 2018
Jammy
There had to be some! And there are one or two more. -w-
11th October, 2018
Bobblit
Yessss Mr Murphy, I like your rational attitude!

I also had read about the fresh fish not being common on ships thing though, and I'm still totally puzzled by it. Apparently most ships didn't even carry fishing equipment back then? Like, why not? Come on guys it's literally the first thing you'd think about if you're at sea and are going to need food, were you afraid about poisonous fish or something

(Also, why "us"? Is he referring to himself and the knife?)
11th October, 2018
Mel Cormac
I can't speak for the creator, but in some English dialects people say "us" to mean "me", like "give us a look, then" means "let me look".

I love the idea of him talking about him and his knife though, that's wonderful.
11th October, 2018
Bobblit
Interesting, I didn't know that. Thank you!

Hahaha, imagine the knife even has a name and everything, they've been faithful companions for a decade and faced lots of dangers together... ;D
11th October, 2018
Jammy
Yep, Mel nailed it that's exactly it. But I will accept this amusing head canon!

I'm only speculating as I don't know for sure, but I imagine it'd be pretty difficult to fish from a boat of this size, it's kind of a long way down. Research just told me that fishing and turtle catching did sometimes happen, though. I would guess it would be useful to have the equipment for an emergency...

I've read that when stuff got really bad, some people would have to turn to the rats below deck and like... Ick, That could probably be avoided somehow.
12th October, 2018
Bobblit
Right, maybe even if it was difficult or it didn't make sense to fish regularly, in an emergency it would definitely be practical? I mean, if the choice is between rats and fishing... I just don't get it.

(My new headcanon still goes on, now in it the knife is called Hamlet xD)
11th October, 2018
junoro
Okay, I'm extremely puzzled by the lack of fresh fish thing, too. What DID they eat? Bread? I'd have thought at least a net would be a sensible idea for easy food!
11th October, 2018
Bobblit
As far as I know they ate mostly biscuits and LOTS of salted meat, and some other stuff that didn't spoil easily and they could carry around. I have no idea why they didn't try to fish, though. Maybe it just wasn't practical?
11th October, 2018
junoro
Ahh, so that's what hardtack is! Still, I'm surprised that this was preferable! Maybe it just wasn't practical to STOP, take out all the gear, and THEN fish out on the ocean?
11th October, 2018
Jammy
Yeah, most of the food they had was either preserved, or was stuff like peas that don't rot quickly. There was often salted fish on board and stuff like that, but fresh would go bad suuuuper quickly. The nicer food would tend to be eaten soon into the journey.

The logic that I'm using in my head right now for why this fish is here is that Seb's dad bought it to help Annie financially without her realising.
13th October, 2018
Miaubol
Sauerkraut, excellent against scurvy when all the fresh stuff is gone. and it tastes horrible, or weird at least, so it will last for a good while too :P
12th October, 2018
MadJak91
There... is actually tons of info everywhere here. Wow :O
If I were on a boat, food would not go inside but mostly outside, lmao.

I suppose I will add that I have read before that barrels of apples or apples in general were also a good choice. Very nutritious and a pretty decent quick fix when you require something fresh.

I guess it also depends on who we are talking about? Pirates had so much chance to get supplies in the first place and desperation could force them to just dock the ship and raid a town.
Explorers or traders probably had as much food as they needed on the voyage.
14th October, 2018
Jammy
For sure! It'd depend on the journey too, I guess.

Yeah, this has been really great, I've really enjoyed all the discussion on this page!
11th October, 2018
Mel Cormac
Nate in the second to last panel is so precious
11th October, 2018
Jammy
:D Thanks!
13th October, 2018
Miaubol
yay just what I hoped for, a jerk with a heart ;D
14th October, 2018
Jammy
Actually a pretty nice guy! :D