Since I can't expect people to start posting fic within the first few days (unless any of you have any that you've posted elsewhere and you want to repost here) I'm going to make an OT post to try and start some discussion.
So - introduce yourselves. Tell me a little about who you are and what you're hoping to see here. Tell me what your favourite fandoms are or if you're an AU addict instead and are hoping to see loads of CSIM as pirates or NCIS as pre Civil War era marines. Post any links you think we'd be interested in.
I'll start you all off.
I'm Joe, your mod. I'm British and, despite my name, female. I'm currently hugely addicted to the Temeraire books, but I loved Master and Commander (the film, I haven't read the books), the Horatio Hornblower tv movies, and Pirates of the Caribbean. I love the whole feel of the period, the clothing, the adventures, and of course the way the character interactions differ from today because of rank/class and etiquette. I'm also a total AU whore and I run 50alternates where you can write either historical or fantasy AUs. I'm an historian (although this isn't the period I studied) and a geek so I am a huge fan of accuracy. I think research really makes a story set in this period come alive and it drives me insane when I see anachronisms.
I also have a *huge* bookmarks folder so let's find some links -
Ships of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic period.
American Privateers in the War of 1812.
Measuring Worth a guide to the purchasing power of the British pound since the 13th century (this is really handy when you're trying to figure out roughly what coin Horatio might toss his cab driver as a tip ...)
Measuring Worth - the US dollar version from 1774 onwards.
18th Century British Naval Ranks
America and the Barbary Pirates
Pirates and Privateers - a history of maritime piracy.
A History of Smuggling in Britain