Friday, October 28, 2011

Of Clipper Ships and Updated Blog Posts

It's been two months since I've posted. Many apologies to my followers. I've been busy with family and writing a new novel. Threads of Faith (Realms/Charisma House). It will be Book 2 in my new Fabric of Time series (Book 1, Threads of Hope, will release in January 2012).

I'm doing a lot of research about clipper ships and sailing from England to New York. I've learned that most skilled captains could make the run in about 15-17 days. That's, of course, if the weather held. 

I imagine my characters sailing on a ship similar to the famous Cutty-Sark (pictured in an 1880s photo). And I plan to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum soon. Many clippers sailed into the Erie Canal and through the Great Lakes, delivering both cargo and passengers --

Like my characters, Daniel Sundberg and Julianna Wayland. But that's all I'll tell you about the novel for now. However, I will post more about my research.

One of the many interesting things I've learned is that the clipper ship's helm is at the stern and the poop deck is located near it so the captain can gaze out over the deck and make sure his crew is diligently working. He can also navigate the waters. I had first imagined the helm in the center of the ship -- and it could be, depending on the ship model. As I said, I chose a clipper for Book 2 in my new series. I'll be telling you more about that later.

In the meantime, I'll get back to work. Yep, it's how I'm spending my Friday night. But it's all so interesting, really. We're in New York in 1877 and we'll be traveling by, first, train and then by ship to Manitowoc, Wisconsin soon. 

At least my characters lead exciting lives!   :)



Katy Lee said...

I am a research junky. :) And love this post. I, too, am doing research on late 1800's seaports right now. Thanks for sharing!

Jillian Kent said...

Love the new blog look, Andrea. Also, the new series sounds fascinating.


Susan said...

I love reading novels with textile "threads" in the plot! I don't know how to spin, but often find mistakes when the authors write about quilting and sewing! :) Would love to win the books you are offering. I am in WI, too and an aspiring writer and AFCW member. Blessings,