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By Dudley Pope

Captain Lord Ramage and the Calypso go back from Devil's Island, yet Ramage's new spouse Sarah is lacking. The captain would prefer not anything greater than to sail domestic instantly, yet as a substitute he's ordered to shepherd a lumbering convoy of service provider ships again to England. at the means, extraordinary occasions lead him to an entire courtroom martial in Plymouth, presided over through his previous nemesis, Rear-Admiral Goddard. Ramage needs to transparent his name-or face a sentence of demise!

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In a couple of minutes the Calypso’s jib-boom will be overhanging the Jason’s stern like a fishing rod over a move. Ramage nodded to Pegg, who snapped out an order which had the 4 males spinning the wheel. To the captain of the Jason, the Calypso was once ultimately commencing to flip to starboard, sidestepping in order that rather than following, she got here up along to starboard—on the windward part, along with her complete broadside prepared. The Jason’s captain will be to ensure that all his gunners have been on the starboard part weapons; no frigate may guy either broadsides immediately, and if it was once wanted, the lads fired one facet and ran throughout to fireside the opposite. there have been nonetheless numerous yards among the Calypso’s jib-boom and the Jason’s transom, even supposing the British frigate had began her swing out, able to overtake and are available along. Ramage watched the space, narrowing his eyes as though to work out extra in actual fact. All he rather observed was once each one of his officials and Pegg anxiously looking at him. “Right, Pegg,” he snapped and the gipsy, definite the order were left a second too overdue, shouted on the 4 males and flung himself at the wheel too, clawing on the spokes. Slowly, as if with huge, immense dignity, like a dowager altering her brain, the Calypso’s bow started to flip to larboard. To the looking at males, it appeared as if the Jason used to be being pulled slowly to starboard after which, because the Calypso’s additional velocity grew to become noticeable, the Jason used to be lightly pulled astern. Ramage watched the Jason’s quarterdeck. Twenty yards … that curious black-coated determine was once striding up and down, and he had no longer checked out the Calypso for numerous mins. It used to be as if he used to be unaware that she have been following and used to be now overtaking. All a part of the play-acting, all a part of no matter what seize he was once attempting to set? Ramage was once faraway from convinced. All he knew used to be that the fellow might glance completely at domestic striding one of the dark-green yews and the moss-packed tombstones in an English cemetery, maybe quietly muttering a few prayer or psalm in reminiscence of these who had taken up everlasting place of abode. He acknowledged to Pegg: “Now! ” The quartermaster snapped a 3rd order to the lads on the wheel, who hauled at the spokes after which stopped at one other order from Pegg because the Calypso’s bow began to swing in in the direction of the Jason. After she had travelled to inside a dozen yards, the wheel used to be spun again amidships and the Calypso got here again directly to a parallel direction. Wagstaffe sighed, yet Ramage had the sensation it used to be extra from sadness than aid: the Jason’s weapons had now not crashed again in a whole broadside, although the Calypso used to be an ideal objective. Then, once more, Pegg, after a brief look at Ramage to obtain an approving nod, gave extra orders which despatched the wheel spinning back, other than this time the Calypso became directly to a direction which might converge with the Jason in ships’ lengths. because the ships approached to crash along one another Ramage shouted, “Stand through these grapnels,” and ran down the quarterdeck ladder to affix his males ready at the main-deck.

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