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Shanghaiceltic BS: Trafalgar Battle Surgeon - again (15) RE: BS: Trafalgar Battle Surgeon - again 19 May 10

Will have to watch out for it here in Aus, sounds quite good.

The injuries from cannon fire must have been horrendous. The impact of the cannon balls on the ships sides would have sent showers of splinters into the gun decks even when they did not penetrate. With an average of 6 men to a gun crew it was a crowded and dangerous place to be.

Add to that the use of chain and bar shot to bring down rigging on the weather deack and upper deck that would not have been a good place either.

From what I understand surgeons of that period were rather looked down upon as not being proper doctors, however given the tools and conditions they saved many lives.

For those who have not visited the Victory the cockpit where Beatty operated was below the waterline and was only lit by very poor candlelight, so seeing what you were doing would have been a challenge.

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