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Captain '''Carl Sehmel''', an old sailor from Riga, Latvia was the ''Ancient Mariner'' on board ''[[Racundra]]'' as described in ''[[Racundra's First Cruise]]''. He also looked after ''Racundra'' when the Ransomes were away from Riga. He had sailed with Lady Brassey in the ''Sunbeam'' in the 1880s ([[LAR|Life page 257-8,285]]).
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Captain '''Carl Sehmel''', an old sailor from Riga, Latvia was the ''Ancient Mariner'' on board ''[[Racundra]]'' as described in '''[[Racundra's First Cruise]]''. He also looked after ''Racundra'' when the Ransomes were away from Riga. He had sailed with Lady Brassey in the ''Sunbeam'' in the 1880s ([[LAR|Life page 257-8,285]]).
   
 
He was the model for [[Mr Duck]] in [[Peter Duck]], and also for [[Simon Fastgate]] in [[Coot Club]], with the same views on bacon which should be ''thick an' soft an' jewsy'' ([[CC|CC19]]) ([[LAR|Life page 257-8,336]])
 
He was the model for [[Mr Duck]] in [[Peter Duck]], and also for [[Simon Fastgate]] in [[Coot Club]], with the same views on bacon which should be ''thick an' soft an' jewsy'' ([[CC|CC19]]) ([[LAR|Life page 257-8,336]])

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