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“…they shared a bottle of Hermitage…”

Quoted from The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian, Page 189.

The 'Royal George" at Deptford Showing the Launch of "The Cambridge', John Clevely, 1757, Image from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Then came the toasted cheese, and with it they shared a bottle of Hermitage; they were both very fond of wine and they both knew that this might be the last bottle they would drink.  If that should prove the case, then at least it would be a noble close, for it was a fine great generous wine in the prime of life, one that could stand being tossed about at sea: they drank it slowly, not saying much but sitting there in a companionable silence in the candle-light while the ship moved steadily inshore.

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