Sarah Brentyn has created a super-short flash prompt and asked her fellow bloggers to join in; by so doing she will commit to give money to the hurricane relief funds. 50 words using the prompt ‘Help’. Go on, pop over and have a go. My contribution is (as might be expected) an historical tale.
Captain Manby aimed the cannon at the ship, they desperately needed help and he was going to shoot at them. The cannon fired, the ball hurled high over the shipwreck – taking a line with it.
The crew of the Elizabeth grabbed the line, an hour later they were all safe.
In 1808 the Manby mortar was used for the first time to rescue the crew of the Elizabeth, near Great Yarmouth. Captain Manby’s invention involved firing a small cannon ball over a shipwreck carrying a line with it. Before it was superseded by line carrying rockets it had saved over a thousand lives.
6 responses to “Shooting at Shipwrecks (Help #flashprompt #hurricanerelief #flash4storms)”
Love the flash (and the historical commentary). Great take on the ‘help’ theme. Speaking of, thank you for helping. 🙂
Glad you liked it
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I really do. I’d never heard of the Manby mortar (I know…I live under a rock or something) so it was extra interesting for me.
Wow! A story + some history to go with. What fun.
Wouldn’t expect anything less from you! The best stories have a historical slant to them. Enjoyed yours, and the history that inspired it.