Early in the story Francesca boards a Spanish ship called the Santa Ana. But when Captain Massey takes the ship he decides to keep the Santa Ana and renames her Destiny. The Destiny is a square-rigged armed transport. She's fast and quick to the helm and has ample storage space for all the riches they intend to amass.
Francesca is assigned a position as a "topman" one of the men who tend the ropes and sails above deck - 80ft above deck. As she learns the ropes she also gets to know the officers:
The First Mate: Mr.
Baldric (A hard disciplinarian with a scar down his face.)
The Sailing Master: Mr.
Hart (An ex-British navy man, disciplined and proper)
Mr. Angstrom (a giant Swede with a long face and a frizzy red mane of
hair and beard)
The Master Gunner:
Mr. Agar (A dark tower of a man with a pockmarked face who
hates to have women aboard ship)
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