200 years ago Keats arrived in Winchester

On Thursday 12 August 1819, Keats and Brown travelled from the Isle of Wight to Winchester. Describing their trip across the Solent:
“As we pass’d over to Southampton, there was nearly an accident. There came by a Boat, well mann’d; with two naval officers at the stern. Our Bow-lines took the top of their little mast and snapped it off close by the bord. Had the mast been a little stouter they would have been upset. In so trifling an event I could not help admiring our seamen—neither officer nor man in the whole Boat mov’d a muscle—they scarcely notic’d it even with words.”

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