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 larger than to sail domestic instantly, yet as an alternative he's ordered to shepherd a lumbering convoy of service provider ships again to England. at the approach, weird and wonderful occasions lead him to a whole courtroom martial in Plymouth, presided over by way of his outdated nemesis, Rear-Admiral Goddard. Ramage needs to transparent his name-or face a sentence of loss of life!
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Aitken persisted, “In truth i used to be surprised—” he paused a couple of moments as Goddard persisted nodding, “—because there has been no longer an officer on deck. Captain Shirley was once on my own, except a couple of midshipmen. ” Goddard’s forehead wrinkled and the six captains sitting with their backs to Aitken swung around and stared. Captain Swinford, with out awaiting Goddard’s permission, exclaimed, “What do you suggest, there have been no different officials on deck? you just suggest you probably did no longer see them. ” “I didn't see any, sir,” Aitken agreed, and Swinford appeared contented with the answer till Aitken extra quietly: “Within mins I proven none have been on deck simply because i discovered all of them locked within the gunroom guarded through a marine sentry. ” “Indeed? ” stated Swinford, and checked out Goddard, whose face had long past white. The silence within the cabin was once damaged merely by means of the slapping of wavelets below the Salvador del Mundo’s stern, the far away mewing of seagulls, and the scraping of Jenkins’s pen. And that has nailed you, Admiral, Ramage suggestion. Now Goddard must ask questions touching on that facts, after which there will be an opportunity of bringing out the main points of Shirley’s insanity. Goddard rapped the desk along with his signet ring and a startled Jenkins regarded up. “Read out the query back. ” Jenkins back requested even if Shirley had made any threatening gestures. “Ah, yes,” Goddard stated lightly. “That used to be the query, and the witness spoke back that he had now not, so the answer's ‘No. ’ rather well, stick with it with Captain Shirley’s subsequent query. i've got instructed the witness numerous instances that he needs to resolution the query. The courtroom isn't attracted to his perspectives on any topic now not mentioned within the query. We’ll be listening to him preaching to us next—” he guffawed on the thought and additional, with out understanding that the captains have been observing him silent and stony-eyed, “or even giving us his perspectives on naval strategies! ” figuring out his comic story had fallen flat, he snapped, “Come on, Jenkins, we haven’t all evening. subsequent query. yet probably, Captain Shirley, you haven't any extra inquiries to ask this witness? ” The query was once requested in a persuasive tone and observed via what Goddard, without doubt, considered as his successful smile. Shirley raised his head a fragment, as if resting from his survey of each thread within the canvas stretched over the deck. ahead of answering, he stood up and walked the 3 or 4 paces to Jenkins’s position on the desk, retrieved a few slips of paper and back to his seat. He reached lower than his chair for a leather-based pouch, opened it, and positioned away the slips, eliminating a number of extra. basically then did he search for at Goddard and say in a monotone, “I haven't any extra inquiries to placed to this witness. ” Goddard sighed after which stared heavy-eyed at Ramage. “Do you might have any questions? As he’ll be referred to as later as a defence witness, you want to limit your inquiries to the issues raised through the prosecution. ” “I have a few questions, sir. ” He became to Aitken. “The first query requested through the prosecution was once to explain your position whilst the Jason used to be boarded.