Friends don’t let friends drink and sail

vintage sailboat

In 1120 AD, the crew and passengers of a ship carrying the heir to the throne of England had a big party before setting off to cross the English Channel from France.

vintage sailboat

By the time they finally set sail, it was night and everyone, crew included, was drunk. The ship hit a rock and sank, drowning the heir. The resulting struggle for power after the king died without a male heir produced a civil war that lasted almost 20 years.

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