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Interdiction at sea
Interdiction: Authoritative prohibition
A court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity - interdict: a sequential process that includes surveillance of often broad ocean areas

Iskenderun, Turkish port, eastern Mediterranean.

Line of constant compass bearing on the surface of the Earth. A parallel of latitude is a loxodrome, but most great-circle arcs are not (the exceptions being the Equator and every meridian). Here, what you might call a bee-line.

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Anachronism (1830).

new Captain
(Did the last one die of his wounds then?)

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Jolly Roger

Flag with skull and crossbones, typically flown by pirates. WIKI

Mustarder: one who dealt in buying and selling mustard
GRINDER: one who operates a grinding machine in any of several trades
From Colonial Occupations, online.

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Spanish Island off the coast of Africa. WIKI.

the Lizard

Peninsula of Cornwall, most southerly point of Great Britain. WIKI

Sutton Pool

Plymouth harbor. WIKI

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Or hautbois, French for oboe.

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cheaply opiated Pint
Yes, opium beer; cheap opium beer. Also in ATD.

Quantz Etude
Johann Joachim Quantz Wikipedia (January 30, 1697–July 12, 1773) was a German flutist, flute maker and composer.

Quantz began his musical studies as a child with his uncle. He began to concentrate on the flute, performing more and more on the instrument. He gradually became known as the finest flautist in Europe, and toured France and England. He became flute teacher, flute maker and composer to Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great) in 1740. He was an innovator in flute design, adding keys to the instrument to help with intonation (playing in tune), for example.

Although Quantz wrote many pieces of music, mainly for the flute (including around 300 flute concertos), he is best known today as the author of Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversière zu spielen (1752), a treatise on flute playing. It is of great interest today as a source of information on performance practice and flute technique in the 18th century.

An etude (from the French word étude meaning "study") is a short musical composition designed to provide practice in a particular technical skill in the performance of a solo instrument.

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Enemas of... Coffee
(Cf AtD)

Slow match, or matchcord, is rope impregnated with nitrates to make it burn slowly, evenly, and reliably despite wind or rain. When the trigger was pulled, a lever applied the burning rope to the powder in the priming pan, thus firing the gun. This drawing illustrates a musketeer aiming his gun, with the slow match smouldering at both ends. For the first few hundred years of firearms, this was the only way to shoot them.
From the Slow Match Website.

"Pat... O'Brian... acknowledg'd as the best Yarn-Spinner in all the Fleets."

Patrick O'Brian (died in 2000) was a novelist mostly known for his nautical novels surrounding the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. WIKI

Mr. Higgs's Obsessedness as to Loose Ends
Boatswain (pronounced "bo's'n") Higgs, on the frigate Seahorse is a pun on the "Higgs boson" particle, aka "the God Particle", the existence of which was confirmed on July 10, 2012. As Mr. Higgs is obsessed with loose ends, so too were particle physicists obsessed with finding an instance of the Higgs boson particle which, although theorized in the Standard Model of particle physics, had not, until 2012, been detected. Thus was the loose end of the Higgs boson particle finally tied, although, this being Science, the discovery is not 100% certain. Although the new particle is "consistent with" the Higgs boson, scientists are cautious as to whether it is formally identified as actually being the Higgs boson, pending further analysis.)

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Turk's Head
A knot built on a cylinder (such as a rope) and having a woven appearance on the surface. Used decoratively or to create a grip. Ashley's Book of Knots (published in the 1940s, still in print) describes dozens of forms. "A notable practical use for the Turk's head is to mark the "king spoke" of a ship's wheel; when this spoke is upright the rudder is in a central position" (Wikipedia).

Matthew Walker
A knot tied in the strands of a rope, forming a projection or knob. The Matthew Walker is generally tied in the middle of the rope; the strands are then laid up again to the end. See pix on Wikipedia

Jewel Block
Naut.) block at the extremity of a yard, through which the halyard of a studding sail is rove.

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perfectly beneath us
Astronomy 101 would have to flunk TRP-- anywhere in the Tropics the sun will be overhead on some days. At the Equator, only on the two equinoxes.

It pays to remember that this section is narrated by the Reverend Cherrycoke. He may well be embellishing the story in unrealistic ways for the children's entertainment. I find it unlikely that Pynchon himself would make such a mistake.

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attendant Inconvenience
Others' wills and preferences which complicate one's fantasies of comeliness and willingness.

Note that Fender-Belly Bodine's ship, the H.M.S. Inconvenience appears again in 2006 in Against the Day.

Annotation Index

Latitudes and Departures

1: 5-11, 2: 12-13, 3: 14-29, 4: 30-41, 5: 42-46, 6: 47-57, 7: 58-76, 8: 77-86, 9: 87-93, 10: 94-104, 11: 105-115, 12: 116-124, 13: 125-145, 14: 146-157, 15: 158-166, 16: 167-174, 17: 175-182, 18: 183-189, 19: 190-198, 20: 199-206, 21: 207-214, 22: 215-227, 23: 228-237, 24: 238-245, 25: 245-253


26: 257-265, 27: 266-274, 28: 275-288, 29: 289-295, 30: 296-301, 31: 302-314, 32: 315-326, 33: 327-340, 34: 341-348, 35: 349-361, 36: 362-370, 37: 371-381, 38: 382-390, 39: 391-398, 40: 399-409, 41: 410-421, 42: 422-435, 43: 436-439, 44: 440-447, 45: 448-451, 46: 452-459, 47: 460-465, 48: 466-475, 49: 476-483, 50: 484-490, 51: 491-498, 52: 499-510, 53: 511-524, 54: 525-541, 55: 542-553, 56: 554-561, 57: 562-569, 58: 570-574, 59: 575-584, 60: 585-596, 61: 597-607, 62: 608-617, 63: 618-622, 64: 623-628, 65: 629-632, 66: 633-645, 67: 646-657, 68: 658-664, 69: 665-677, 70: 678-686, 71: 687-693, 72: 694-705, 73: 706-713

Last Transit

74: 717-732, 75: 733-743, 76: 744-748, 77: 749-757, 78: 758-773

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