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 possibly of Napoleon's fleet.

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Particularly true,” Paolo admitted, “but attacking rooster homes! ” “They’re barracks, sir,” Jackson stated sharply, “with thirty or 40 French squaddies in them. each one guy has a musket and possibly a pistol. That’s 100 lead shot, anyone of that can drag your anchors for the following global. And thirty or 40 swords cutting you up like a leg of salt red meat … Anyway,” he acknowledged in a voice which clinched any argument, “the Captain units loads of shop via us taking pictures it. ” bankruptcy 4 IT sought after a couple of minutes to hour of darkness with a transparent sky whilst the Calypso glided lower than fore and maintopsails into the bay shaped via the headlands of Foix and Aspet. each minute or so one other seaman moved quickly again from the leadsman on the major chains and gave Ramage the intensity of water: it used to be shoaling very progressively and until they have been unfortunate adequate to discover and hit a excessive submerged rock they might very quickly be anchoring in 4 fathoms with regards to the seashore. Aloft, out alongside the topsail yards, seamen have been ready to furl the sails, yet rather than performing at Aitken’s bellow throughout the speaking-trumpet, ship’s boys may scamper up the rigging and go the be aware, even supposing the topmen could get a initial caution because the Calypso luffed and got here head to wind, backing the topsails in order that she could cease after which, collecting sternway, set her anchor. The splash of the anchor hitting the water might be the one noise that may commute so far as the semaphore station, which used to be now a few mile away at the Calypso’s starboard beam. the celebs appeared all over the place, even reflecting within the water sometimes because the frigate undergone what Southwick, who was once ready at the fo’c’s’le for the be aware to anchor, might name “a flat spot”; adequate stars, Ramage famous, to offer adequate mild to differentiate the form of the land at a mile and realize a man’s face at 4 toes. analyzing the semaphore station all over again with the night-glass, and taking into consideration the upside-down picture, Ramage was once shocked to work out that the semaphore tower, or monitor, or no matter what it was once referred to as, used to be actually outfitted on a small hill, hence elevating it one other thirty ft or extra, even if the remainder of the headland was once flat, reminding him of a miniature Dungeness and making the ends of the barrack structures stand out like shadowy gravestones. much more brilliant, neither Southwick nor Aitken had spotted in the course of their shut inspection from seaward prior within the day that there has been a low yet extensive hill two-thirds of ways around the bay, closer Foix than Aspet, and so far as he may well see the hill ran all the way down to the seashore and there has been no signal of a street. Which intended that any street or lane from the semaphore station to the village of Foix, or becoming a member of the 2 headlands, may have made an extended detour inland. So the sentry used to be more likely to be at the north part of the camp, the place the lane got here in. certain, a tiny construction they'd no longer visible before—was that the guardhouse? He may well listen the chatter of the bow wave around the Calypso’s cutwater, and the frigate’s decks regarded unusually naked: the pink and eco-friendly cutters and the gig, quite often stowed amidships, were hoisted out and have been now towing astern, filled with Marines and seamen.

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