Author's Note - The Master’s Mate’s Stratagem by A.J. Hall
While Gondal, Angria and Gaaldine are creations of the Bronte children, this particular version of these countries owes rather more to the Marlows’ reinvention of Gondal and Angria in Antonia Forest’s Peter’s Room.
Thanks very much to caulkhead for betaing as well as for supplying both the poem and the initial comments on the shifting cargo.
Santa Gertrude is an Argosy; these were Adriatic coastal vessels of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with all the sailing performance of the average house-brick.