Feeling hard done by?fed up?think things could be better?spare a thought for Seaman Mackay. In 1794 he was on a small sloop and taken prisoner by two French Frigates. Forced to march a hundred miles to a prison he endured a lot,he tried to escape a few times,always was caught despite speaking French,and paid the price in punishment. Fell in love with a French girl but she died of Smallpox,he tried again to escape and eventually after 4 years trying he made it to Germany. From Cuxhaven he caught a packet to Yarmouth and finally sat down in a pub for a pint of real ale. He was then press ganged and sent to the West Indies! I hope he survived as nearly a third of all RN sailors died of Yellow Jack[Yellow Fever] until one of the most enlightened Captains and Surgeons realised that, whilst laying off shore no one caught Yellow Jack. A big break through. Next time you are down think of poor old seaman Mackay!