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What's on Pirate-Surgeon Mission's Table, May 2010

Mission Setting Up his Instrument Table
(Photo: Count d'Booty)
In the making of the Santa Maria Surgeon's Journal, I decided to dabble in the javascript arts and create an interactive hot-linked version of my surgeon's table as it appears on the ship.(You can see the original location of this here.) This was mostly inspired by looking through a series of photographs that were taken by fellow re-enactor Rosabella.

While I was perusing these photos, I decided that they so lent themselves to a display that I created one. What you can see below provides you with a glimpse of the sort of information which I present during my presentations. While I didn't include all of the instruments, there are 13 separate hotlinks in the picture on the left. You can see detailed photos and explanations by moving your pointer across the different surgical instruments in the photo on the left. This will cause the close-up shot to in a picture on the right side of the table photo. It will also cause a brief description of those instruments to appear in the area beneath of the two photos.

Mission's Interactive Surgical Table

I started acquiring these instruments in Fall of 2007 with the purchase of some of the basic tools from G. Gedney Godwin, who makes very nice reproduction medical instruments. Throughout the years following, I have continued to acquire instruments, some of them repro from Godwin and others actual instruments from eBay. Not all of the 'real' instruments are completely period correct (from 1680 ~ 1725), but I explain this in my presentation so as not to mislead anyone. However, I do try and find instruments that are close to what I have seen in the period surgical journals, even if they are not from period. (Most instruments actually from period are a little to expensive to be hauling around and displaying at events.