Page 403. " So the pitch and suphur-freighted brigs of the bold Hydriote, Canaris, issuing from their midnight harbors "

In 1822 during the Greek War of Independence the Greeks mounted a successful attack on the Turkish fleet at the island of Chios using fireships.

Page 406. " his great padded surtout "

A surtout was a man's frock coat of the kind worn by cavalry officers over their uniforms in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Page 406. " and, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, his spermaceti, oil, and bone pass unscathed through the fire "

In the Biblical Book of Daniel three devout young Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, are thrown into a furnace by the Babylonians but are saved from being burned alive by divine intervention.