OTD in history, (Feb 24, 1583) John Eldred departs London on the Tiger, bound for Aleppo, Syria. Returning in 1588 on the Hercules with a wealth of riches, particularly in nutmeg, his journals would inspire Shakespeare to write “her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ the Tiger”.
I am his direct descendant.
He is the subject of my next book.
Incidentally, Feb 24, 1583, was Shrove Monday, too.