This certainly is a lively debate.
I say that because as cruisers and those that would like to become cruisers, "piracy" is a topic of major concern. Nobody wants to be subjected to such behavior, on land or sea. Our property is our property. We do not want any body messing with it, taking it, stealing it from us, damaging it, or denying our use of it. In some cases that may effect our well-being, livelihood, security and survival. Acknowledged; the topic is important to each of us in some form and to some degree, sometimes; certainly worth study and being knowledgeable about.
As well this topic is so easily steered:
I also got caught up in that, by mistake and most unintentionally. My apologies.
Now let’s get back to, and focus on, the topic that Trim50 presented: "Is This Story For Real?"
This is not a court of law, and nobody is on trial here. Nobody is going to "walk the plank", destined for Davy Jones' Locker.
Based on my extensive, and maybe not all-inclusive, on-line research, this story is full of holes, contradicts itself, and seems to me to be very doubtful.
I have been horn-swuagled, hood-winked, fooled, and even had the wool pulled over my eyes a time or two in my lifetime. I may not be the sharpest knife in the galley, but I rub with the hone frequently.
MY BOTTOM LINE on this Topic is:
I think the story contains facts and some truth, but also some embellishment of the story. I think the parts of the plot that the author most wants the reader to believe, and the most exciting parts are the parts that are fabricated.
Further, I think it makes a most interesting entry into the Vessel Log, Documenting the Skipper's Legacy and his Personal Diary, as he wished it would have happened.
I most suspect the "juicy" parts were copied ideas from other literary works, plagiarism, fabrication, and embellished to fit the desires of the author/skipper, as he wished it would have happened.
I maybe wrong, but that is my opinion and perception, based upon what I know now.
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The question was, is, and remains, "Do you really believe this story?"
Or orginally presented as: "Is This Story For Real?"
Without facts, our responses are only our individual opinions and perceptions. I think it is important that we keep that in mind, and respect each others.