I'm re-reading The Fort after a several year hiatus. As with all of your books, I find myself looking up place names, locations etc. on Google maps as I move along.
After the fleet departs Boston, the leaders of the expedition anchor and meet in Townsend. I cannot locate either a Townsend NH or a Townsend ME. I live in Princeton Ma, a bit southwest of Townsend MA. It would take a substantial high tide to put in there.
Is this a town that changed it's name later on or am I just suffering a mild case of the stupids?
Also, from a Sharpes book; 'An' howitzer? 'An' Bibi? Is that a British thing? I'm not being critical, you're the professional. I lived for some time in London so I understand the subtle differences. As I read those words, my fifth grade English teacher leaped fifty some years into the future and rapped me on the knuckles. Just a curiosity.
Hope all is well.
I’m sure you’re not stupid! And it’s entirely my fault for not making clear that Townsend was the old name for Boothbay Harbor. I’m not sure when the name Townsend was abandoned, but it was certainly in use during the Revolutionary War.
I imagine ‘an Bibi’ is a mistake, but I’ve often seen ‘an howitzer’, even ‘an hotel’ or ‘an historical-novel’. It’s a pronunciation thing, some British accents drop the initial ‘h’, and thus ‘an’.