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By Dudley Pope

The youngest captain in His Majesty's military, with a name for touchdown most unlikely assignments, Lord Ramage is dispatched to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Diamond Rock. The challenge turns out humdrum: barricade the French inside of castle Royal. yet despatched to sea within the Juno with a staff grown stressed and undisciplined below the past commmand of a inebriated, Ramage realizes his vssel is probably not as much as conflict with the French.

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Rather well, get your males prepared. Mr Wagstaffe, a cutter if you happen to please, and a dozen additional males with muskets. ensure they've got lots of powder and shot for the boat gun—cavalry may well arrive earlier than Mr Rennick returns from the battery. ” part an hour later Ramage and Southwick watched the cutter run up at the seashore, having stayed out of diversity of the battery, stay up for a couple of minutes because the Marines scrambled on shore after which pop out back, rowing around to a small cove fifty yards west of the seashore and within the lee of the mountain. There, Ramage famous, the boat will be out of sight of any cavalry galloping alongside the seashore. Southwick grunted within the nearest he ever got here to expressing delight with Marines. “They’ll be okay. Pity they can’t shock these damned Frenchmen. good, sir, I see the lads are able to re-anchor the Surcouf to get our ten-inch cable in. I’ll cross over and control them. ” Aitken used to be now bringing the schooner Créole in from the westward: he had noticeable the Juno’s sign ordering him on board and Wagstaffe used to be ready with a sea bag prepared containing his outfits and quadrant. the second one Lieutenant used to be evidently excited and Ramage knew that this command, in spite of the fact that short it may possibly end up to be, may make up for the disgruntlement of seeing the 3rd Lieutenant burst off to Barbados in los angeles Mutine. Ramage took a pencil and pad from his pocket and went aft with a telescope, sitting down at the breech of the aftermost gun. He spent the subsequent part an hour reading the Diamond Rock with the telescope, sometimes creating a cartoon at the pad and scribbling notes. He had already drawn the south part of the good rock whereas within the cutter. There it was once thoroughly vertical from sea point to inside of 100 ft or so of the pinnacle; then it sloped again lightly for 50 toes, after which extra sharply back to the height. His caricature resembled a enamel, the raking pack on the most sensible being the ordinary form to convey the the teeth to some degree. His inspection within the cutter had proven what he had feared from the beginning: the single approach of having weapons up the Diamond, to no matter what peak, used to be by means of jackstay. in basic terms the gun overlaying the touchdown position used to be going to be straightforward—if decreasing it to the ocean mattress from a ship after which dragging it ashore may be defined as common. He grew to become to a clean web page and copied the caricature he had made up of the cutter, drawing the tooth-shaped rock with the vertical cliff face to the left. Then from sea point he drew a diagonal line as much as the pinnacle of the cliff. that will be the jackstay, secured on the most sensible around the rocky outcrop, on the backside to the anchored Juno. working up the jackstay will be an important block, and from that may cling the gun. The block and gun will be hauled up the jackstay via a purchase order, one set of blocks hooked up to the large block, and the opposite to the head of the cliff. The hauling a part of the rope could come right down to the Juno, the place it can move around the capstan. As he pencilled within the traces exhibiting the ropes it appeared virtually alarmingly basic, although he may possibly think the trouble he was once going to have describing all of it in a letter to Gianna.

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