Having agreed to the mission, Aubrey must say (at least temporary) goodbye to the Surprise, which is proving more emotional than he might have expected. The ship’s hands are also none too pleased, though Pullings is put in charge, which should be good.
Back in England, Aubrey’s reinstated fully into the Royal Navy and is given command of he Diane officially as well. After a brief time on shore, they set sail for the South China Sea.
It’s a long, slow, but largely uneventful journey, other than a close call at (and with) Inaccessible Island in Tristan de Cunha and a rogue iceberg as they round the cape of Africa. Aubrey spends much of the journey lamenting the inadequacy of the crew compared to the select outfit of the Surprise, and not getting along with the government envoy, Fox. Eventually they reach the island of Java.
Introducing our new captain...— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 30, 2022
506 - Burnley completed 506 passes in their 1-0 win at Huddersfield, the most on record for the club in a league match. Huddersfield’s two shots were the fewest Burnley have faced in a league match since November 2011 versus Ipswich in the Championship (also two). Vinnie. pic.twitter.com/D0jIzoHWgS— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 30, 2022