Yesterday in HIST 3031: History Theory and Practice, the professor was showing us some of the Norfolk port records that she worked with.
And true to form, I found an interesting, though utterly useless fact (or datum) on the sheets that I was examining.
On the "Return of Inward Entries" on 26 January 1786, there was the following:
Ship: Rising Sun
Master: Wm. Westcott
From Whence: Martinique
Cargo: 27 hogshead rum
Of course, it is only interesting to me because of my interest in a certain Order. To anyone else, it would have just been another piece of trival data not worth noticing. Funny how the Order has warped my brain, isn't it?