NEIL DONOVAN, Carpenters mate
Given that Fates Hand was a snow, it took less than for a ship-of-the line to get disguised into a merchantman. Actually there have been enough snows used in this purpose in the Caribbean. Only that Neils task and the other carpenters more than other seamens was to make her look as different as possible from the well known privateer ship. Therefore, the masts had been replaced with a bit lower ones, and the topmen had worked a bit to change the rigging accordingly. The decorations on the gunports and sterncastle had to be changed too and this was what the carpenters had been working at for days and days.
Of course, the actual change and the painting of the new name would occur only when they would arrive at the meeting point, because otherwise the spies pirates had obviously in every port would have learnt about the trick, but everything should have been done until then. The young mermaid depicted in the figurehead some people gossiped that it was Captain Ashtons deceased wife who was used as a model would have to be replaced too, and Neil was working now at the sculpture of a sailor
or a merchant, given that the new name of the disguised ship would be Wayfarer. What more for a radical transformation?
Neil had cut beech planks of various widths, but all of them at the same length of 6 foot, then the wood was laid out and care taken to arrange the planks in such a fashion, that the end grain was not in critical carving places like the sailors face and hands. All the carpenters had clamped the block well so that he could start carving the top of the head, up to the shoulders, but he stopped frequently for measurements. Nothing should be out of place. When he needed some hands of help to keep the block of wood still, he looked around and spotted Sharky and his Irish compatriots.
Please, whos coming to help me? I need two pairs of hands here now,
he asked nicely.
It would take some good days until this wooden sailor would look as required, but the first mate didn't understand this. For him was easy: everything to be done and ready now, as if a fairy would do any miracle in this regard.
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