1800:- Young Edmund Talbot is sailing to Australia to take up a government post, on a decrepit old ship skippered by Captain Anderson, who is hostile to Edmund until he realizes that he has important relatives. Far more admirable to Edmund are Lieutenants Summer, who has worked his way up through the ranks, and the dashing Deverel. His fellow passengers number demure governess Miss Granham, the republican Mr Prettiman and artist Mr Brocklebank, travelling with his wife and daughter Zenobia - who initiates Edmund into sex - though ultimately he realizes that they are not related, merely a carnal ménage a trois. Also on board is the gauche young vicar Colley, who inadvertently breaches protocol by going onto the bridge uninvited. Ashamed he gets drunk and has gay sex with crew members before locking himself in his cabin, where, despite Edmund's efforts to bring about reconciliation, he wastes away and dies.
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When Edmond Talbot prepares his report for his godfather, he heads it HMS Pandora 1812. The Royal Navy had no HMS Pandora in 1812. The previous incarnation had sunk in 1811 and the next incarnation wasn't launched until 1813. The most famous HMS Pandora was dispatched to arrest the mutineers of HMS Bounty, and having found some of them, and imprisoned them in a cage on the quarterdeck called 'Pandora's Box', struck a reef off Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and sunk. See more
He who gardens at sea must accustom himself to loss.