The late 18th century was also known for several Anglo-French Wars in the lead up to the Napoleonic wars. At the time, HMS Indefatigable was one of Britain’s most renowned battleships.
On one occasion, after having hit a rock, Captain Sir Edward Pellew and his fellow officers rowed ashore. During their stay they visited the Opera in Lisbon.
Having been looking for a good ‘fiddler’ to entertain the ship, Captain Pellow’s encounter with Emidy’s talent led him to hire the musician.
Instead of this leading to new freedoms for Emidy, restrictions and abuse were imposed. Forced to play music he did not enjoy, his discontent with the Captain and crew was met with hostility as Emidy was ordered to not set foot ashore for the next four years.