“She is well-named, this Devil-ship – Manticore means “man eater” in the tongue of the Moors, and I have heard that she eats, and eats and will not be sated. Scurbey, Typhus and Plague riddles her wood deeper than the woodworm, and those who are not taken catch the corpse-rot from their neighbours, or die on their feet from doing the work of the two who died that night before. If she sees a hundred battles before they scrap her, she will never kill more Frenchmen than she has killed British tars. When she enters harbour, they flee in fear, when she leaves, all that remains is woe.”

– Jan Van Der Kass, Notes From the Indies

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