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By Dudley Pope

The Calypso and her captain, Lord Nicholas Ramage, enterprise additional into the French-dominated waters of the Mediterranean on an Admiralty project to sink, burn, and break. Aiming to confuse and distract the enemy, Ramage and his males locate themselves remoted and outnumbered as they tackle the may perhaps of Napoleon's fleet.

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Southwick requested. “I’ve no selection: less than the laws it has to be the following senior officer once you, this means that the gunner. ” Southwick gave a rumbling snigger that lasted a whole minute. “The gunner! ” he eventually gasped unbelievingly. “He wouldn’t even take accountability for 8 males and a jolly-boat, not to mention command of 1 of the prizes in Aitken’s convoy. Now he’s going to be caught with the Calypso. Sir,” he requested pleadingly, “may I be the single to inform him? ” “Yes—and you’d greater warn him that if neither people comes again, he’ll need to take the Calypso to Gibraltar. ” “I imagine Bowen had higher be status via with a few medicinal brandy! ” “You understand, Bowen wouldn’t even blink if I instructed him that he needed to get the Calypso to Gibraltar. ” “He definitely wouldn’t,” Southwick agreed, “but he’s an strange health professional. ” “Yes, and he can play chess. ” Southwick grinned ruefully. “I’m getting the common down, sir; I doubt if I lose video games out of 5 to him nowadays. ” “I’m joyful of that, yet we’d higher begin getting ready these ships. The Frenchman won’t be contained in the gulf for one more part an hour, yet it’s going to take time for us to get the Muscade and the Merle all the way down to Cala Piombo, if that’s the place she anchors. ” “These blasted French names,” Southwick grumbled, “what do they suggest? ” “Muscade is nutmeg—I anticipate she used to be crusing to the spice islands of the West Indies prior to the conflict. Merle is just ‘blackbird. ’” Southwick nodded and collected his hat. “I’ll move up on deck and spot the place our French good friend has acquired to. I count on you’ll are looking to choose our males. ” After the grasp had long gone, Ramage took a pencil. He didn't want the muster booklet to settle on the boys. From what he may take into accout of the Muscade and the Merle, either have been brigs of comparable dimension, approximately 200 and fifty plenty. He had no longer thought of them for Gibraltar simply because he guessed the Admiral might refuse to shop for in French powder. He and Southwick wanted the minimal variety of males for the operation to maintain the boats gentle. Escaping afterwards may suggest rowing like madmen for numerous mins. The quickest boat used to be the gig, so Southwick must have it for the Muscade. He might take one of many cutters with the Merle. There will be no seconds-in-command; it might be a short voyage for either brigs. a guy on the wheel, 8 topmen, 3 males to address grapnels, 3 extra for sheets and braces, after which gentle fuses, and a boat-keeper, and that will be all. That made 16, seventeen including in himself or Southwick. The gig carried 16, with 8 on the oars, so every one boat will be in simple terms two-thirds complete. an analogous for the cutter. The totals didn't let for casualties, yet that may no longer be helped. Small palms? a number of pistols and cutlasses, yet there can be no combating. they might want numerous axes, lots of slowmatch, flint and metal, and a few lanterns to gentle the movie. Southwick got here down the companion-way and into the cabin because the sentry introduced him. “She’s nonetheless a couple of mile or extra open air the gulf past Sant’ Antioco.

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