By Dudley Pope

A sinking British send, her team and passengers—men and girls alike—ruthlessly murdered by the hands of a French privateer. this can be the nightmare Ramage and the team of the Calypso bump into whereas engaged in a sweep for freebooters within the waters off Jamaica. Supported by way of his males in a thirst for righteous vengeance, Ramage units sail to convey the murderers to justice.

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Meanwhile we'll need to keep on smuggling, yet Rowlands goes to provide you the numbers at the casks. Make a whole access within the log for this present day declaring the way it was once chanced on, if the butts are complete, and so forth … And observe that it was once got rid of to the spirit room. meanwhile I’ve handed the note for Rennick to place a sentry on it—we’re fortunate not one of the seamen found it first: i will simply think us discovering part the ship’s corporation one morning mendacity under the influence of alcohol one of the casks. ” “Those fools from the dockyard at English Harbour,” Southwick growled. “They spent days on that stock. they need to have simply made a fast count number of water casks and assumed they held water. yet someone getting inside a dozen ft should still odor the brandy. Why, seepage on my own! ” “Don’t discuss it,” Ramage acknowledged. “If an individual had walked around at midnight down there, utilizing a lanthorn to count number up water casks, the flame of the candle could have made the fumes explode, and the entire send might have long past up. ” “By the time we’ve entire with the entire additional bureaucracy this can be going to create we'd want that it had,” Southwick acknowledged bitterly. “Why, it impacts the unique stock of the prize and the valuation; and that during flip impacts the ultimate valuation and the prize-money paid. this means that our shares—everyone’s, from Admiral Davis’s all the way down to the cook’s mate’s. Why, they can delay money for years—you understand what prize brokers are like. Any excuse to carry directly to the cash and draw curiosity. ” “Let’s wait and see,” Ramage acknowledged. “We can’t be anticipated to trouble Admiral Foxe-Foote with it now simply because he desires us to sail once attainable. We shan’t be again for 3 months, and who is aware what may need occurred through then. ” “Three months, sir? ” Southwick acknowledged eagerly. “Where’s it to be—let me wager. The Gulf of Mexico? Cuba? Mosquito Coast? without doubt now not again to Antigua, sir? ” “Wait for Lacey. Is that him approaching board now? rather well, cross the note for the remainder of the officers—Rennick, too. He may to boot understand what we’re speculated to be doing, to work out if his Marines will help. ” whilst Lacey got here into the cabin he used to be embarrassed as the final time he got here via that door he were the Calypso’s Fourth Lieutenant and accordingly the main junior fee officer on board. The frigate had simply been introduced into the King’s carrier after having been captured by means of Mr Ramage’s prior command, the frigate Juno. And, Lacey remembered virtually with a begin, he have been Fourth Lieutenant in her, too. Now, he idea to himself, he was once twenty-five years previous and the strides from his domestic in Somerset within the shadow of the Quantocks have been starting to express: he had no longer noticeable Nether Stowey for 4 years, now not considering that he handed for lieutenant. And in these 4 years, thank you virtually solely to Mr Ramage, he had stepped forward from the main junior officer within the Juno’s gunroom to the main junior officer within the Calypso’s gunroom after which, after that final wild voyage, command of los angeles Créole schooner. His personal command. Magic phrases and so they will be as heady as a robust rum punch.

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