Monday, August 26, 2013

The HMS Acasta

The HMS Acasta is a Royal Navy reenactment group portraying the crew of the HMS Acasta, a 40 gun frigate built in 1797. The Acasta saw action against the French, Spanish, and Americans in the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812. After taking a number of prizes, mostly in the West Indies, it was broken up in 1821.

The HMS Acasta reenactment group maintains a wonderful blog at  http://www.hmsacasta.com/. They are fanatical about being true to their period, which makes the blog a great source for anyone interested in the Regency period. So be warned! Click on that link and be prepared to lose hours meandering through their past posts.

One of their most interesting posts is this one, available on YouTube, "Dressing Mr. Darcy," which does one of the best jobs of explaining Regency male dress I've seen.

12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Looks like a great resource for writers.

Liz said...

Fascinating, especially as I live only one block from the site of an 1812-era British artillery battery facing Lake Ontario. The skirmish with American ships was re-enacted here last year on its 200th anniversary, see http://chezlizzie.blogspot.ca/2012/07/under-attack.html. Are we going to see naval scenes in upcoming books?

The Doctor said...

So glad you like the Acasta's site! We try to update it regularly with our adventures, so check back daily!

And our Mr. Cushing DOES do an excellent job with his Dressing Darcy talk, he's very knowledgeable, not to mention well dressed :)

cs harris said...

Charles, it is indeed.

Liz, that must have been something to see. And no, I don't have any naval scenes planned at this time!

The Doctor, I do love your site. You do an incredible job. It also looks like a lot of fun.

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