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 Alida's Crew

The Alida arrived in the Caribbean with a crew of fourteen (plus the Captain.)  Since then there have been several deaths, crew members have left and new ones have been added. 

The Original crew:


Jack Blackwell
Master's Mate, Jack Blackwell
DESERTED

English born with a checkered past.  Jack's father was a merchant captain, who was never home, and though growing up in Portsmouth, Jack himself abhorred the idea of life at sea.  However, after the sudden (and questionable death of a young lady, Jack found that life at sea was infinitely preferable over a trip to Bow Street.   A libertine, unrepentent drunkard and gambler, 'Black Jack' often chafed at the boredom of the sea.  Despite demonstrating a knack for navigation, and rising quickly to Master's Mate, Jack was unhappy with his lot in life.  Newly signed to Alida's roster, Jack decided that Jamaica, and Port Royal, was more interesting then Alida and Amsterdam.  He left the Alida shortly after arriving.  His whereabouts are unknown. 


Bosun Harper
Bosun Harper O'Casek


Harper is Irish, about forty years of age.  He went to sea as a boy of fourteen and has worked 'afore the mast' ever since.  Of average height he is heavy and muscular (He rivals Willem and McKenna in strength.)   Harper is not agile enough to be a good topsailman, but his years at sea have given him a sharp eye, and ear, for reading the ship.  He can read and write, though not well, and finds doinf sums a laborious chore. He speaks English, Gaelic, some Spanish and Dutch.  In hand to hand, when he's not using his fists, Harper tends to favor a stout club or belaying pin.  Harper has a dog, a Wetterhound, named Chimmey.  It is probably the only thing in his life that Harper truly loves.
In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.  (NOTE: Harper WAS a Player Character that was orphaned.)



Cort Vermeer

Bosun's Mate:  Cort Vermeer

Age = 32

Dutch born to a family of long time sailors, Cort is an experienced and skilled seaman. He knows the ship inside and out. Affable and good humored he plays the fiddle well and often entertains the crew with his music. He is far more approachable then Bosun Harper.  Cort is a fair swordsman and a good shot with a pistol or musket.  In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.



Ian McKenna

Carpenter: Ian McKenna


Age = 36

Ian is Scottish born, from the Western Isles. A big, strong man with booming voice and a hearty laugh. He is an expert carpenter and has been at sea for over fifteen years, having left his home to avoid the gallows for a brawl in which an English Tax Collector had his skull split.  Ian favors a heavy hammer and a boarding axe in battle. He is a decent shot with a pistol and is competent with a musket.  In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.





Thies de Vos
Carpenter's Mate: Thies de Vos
DECEASED


Age = 28

Thies is Dutch. Trained as a cabinet maker in his youth he ran away to sea after a quarrel with his Master. A superb carpenter, especially for detail work and carving.  Thies is handy with a cutlass and a pistol. He can handle a musket but is not particularly skilled with one.  Thies was killed by Spanish Cavalry on the beach in Florida during the treasure salvage of the Spanish Flota.




Joost Dree
Cook: Joost Dree


Age = 31

Joost is Dutch. His parents arranged for his apprenticeship as a cobbler, but Joost hated the life and the Cobbler. He fled Amsterdam and spent a few years working for a baker before signing on to a Fluyt and learning the way of the sea.
Having spent a few years in New Amsterdam, between voyages, Joost picked up a preference for a 'Hawk' (Tomahawk) hand axe. He handles both pistols and muskets well. 
In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.




Vos
Vos: Dutch


Vos is the oldest sailor aboard the Alida. No one, including Vos, knows exactly how old he is. Vos is literate, and sometimes reveals a surprising amount of education. He speaks Dutch, Spanish, French and some english. He plays the pipes and is a skilled and reliable helmsman, probably the best on the Alida. Though a long time topsailman, Vos does not go aloft much these days, unless there is an urgent need. He will, grudgingly, admit to “fifteen or twenty years at sea.”  In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.



Toma
Toma: Dutch


Toma is in his early twenties. He has been a sailor aboard the Alida for four years now, having come aboard as a landsman. Toma is at best semi-literate. He can read the heading though and is a reliable helmsman and an expert topsailman. He speaks Dutch and a little Spanish and French. Toma is very handy with a knife and regularly wins money in throwing contests. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.




Willem
Willem: Dutch


Another long time sailor. Willem started his career as a boy aboard his family's fishing boat. After the boat was seized by the Spanish, Willem and his brothers signed onto various merchant ships. In his early forties Willem has been at sea most of his life. Willem can neither read or write. He favors a boarding pike in battle. He is probably the strongest man on the Alida (Ian McKenna the Carpenter and Harper O'Casek the Bosun would debate that) In ratings Willem is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.



Claude
Claude: French/Flanders

Claude is from Flanders, his French is better then his Dutch. Claude is young, seventeen, and this is his first extended sea voyage. (Amsterdam to Jamaica.) Quick on his feet he has shown himself to be adept with a cutlass (though he has not yet been in battle.) Somewhat light hearted and adventurous, Claude is anxious to 'see some action.' (In ratings Claude is still considered a Landman with less then a full year at sea.)




Emile
Emile: French

Emile is a French Hugenot who left La Rochelle to seek his fortune in a more hospitable environment. His Dutch is as good as his French and he also has a passable command of Spanish and Portuguese. Though he has only joined Alida's crew at the start of this voyage, he has been a sailor on other ships for the last six years. He is a good shot with a musket and favors a cutlass for hand to hand. A good topsailman he is also a reliable helmsman. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.






John
John:  English

A native of Cornwall, John has been a sailor for four years. John speaks Dutch, with a horrible accent, and unlike most sailors can read and write. He is competent with a musket but favors a boarding pike in hand to hand. John was trained in leatherwork and harness making before going to sea. Now he uses those skills to repair shoes and such and also to mend the sails and sheets. John is in his mid to late twenties. He is married with two children back in England. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.




Piter
Piter: Dutch
DECEASED

Piter was an Amsterdam street rat who, at the age of twelve, faced the prospect of prison or a life at sea. He is now nineteen and has grown to love the sea. He is not particularly adept at working the high rigging, but always lays in with a will when it comes to any job required. Piter speaks Dutch, German and some English. He is extremely fast with a knife or dirk and does well with a cutlass. He knows how to shoot but is at best a fair shot. In ratings Piter is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.  Piter was killed when he took a musket ball in the chest, fired by a pirate in an attempt to overtake and board the Alida off  the coast of Jamaica.




Lon
Lon:  Dutch
DECEASED

A Dutch farm boy who grew sick of the plough. Lon ran away to sea when his sweetheart turned him down in favor of a man with more prospect. Lon was not particularly well educated, unable to read or write, spoke only Dutch. But he got along well with animals. As befit his farming origins Lon handled an axe with skill. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea. Lon was killed when he took a musket ball in the head, fired by a pirate in an attempt to overtake and board the Alida off  the coast of Jamaica.



Chimmey
Chimmey

Chimmey belongs to the Bosun, Harper O'Casek.   Chimmey gets along well with all the crew, (there is an uneasy truce with the ship's cat, Annika) and he has proven to be a valuable watch dog for the ship and an excellent rat catcher.  Chimmey sleeps below deck in his own hammock and has learned to use the scuppers to relieve himself. 



Annika
Annika

Until Chimmey joined the crew, Annika ruled the roost.  No rat was too tough for Annika and she could be found in all parts of the ship, hunting, sleeping and supervising.   There is a wary truce between Annika and Chimmey, but Annika spends less time on the deck and more time in places the dog can't hope to reach.  She regards the Captain's cabin as her private domain and Chimmey has learned to respect that.