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By Dudley Pope

The Calypso and her captain, Lord Nicholas Ramage, enterprise extra into the French-dominated waters of the Mediterranean on an Admiralty challenge to sink, burn, and wreck. Aiming to confuse and distract the enemy, Ramage and his males locate themselves remoted and outnumbered as they tackle the may perhaps of Napoleon's fleet.

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The access he sought was once short: “No. 28, Collioure (Pointe del Mich) … Albert St Laurent. ” The connection with Pointe del Mich intrigued him. in accordance with a few notes in previous crusing instructions belonging to Southwick, Pointe del Mich used to be the headland at the south aspect of the doorway to the slim bay which, mendacity within the northern shadow of the Pyrenees, regarded as though it have been made via a massive taking a chunk out of the coast simply the place the mountains ended and the land rolled after which flattened into sand dunes and marshes, passing Perpignan and lengthening the entire method around the Gulf of Lions to Marseilles. Then a look on the chart made it clearer—Pointe del Mich caught out to sea simply some distance adequate to be in sight of the following station to the north, quantity 27, and the only to the south, quantity 29, Port Vendres—the previous “Port of Venus” of Roman occasions, good sheltered and, simply now, good defended. This used to be the adaptation among the islands of the West Indies and the Mediterranean, after all; from Grenada within the south of the Lesser Antilles to Jamaica within the north-west of the higher Antilles, structures and background have been fresh; little went again multiple hundred and fifty years. yet right here within the Mediterranean a lot of what one observed existed sooner than Christ was once born. so far as this stretch of coast was once involved, he recalled that the Moors, or Algerines, maintaining southern Spain have been ultimately pushed out just a couple of years ahead of Columbus sailed to the recent international, after growing many of the constructions of any good looks in Spain. “Mr Southwick, sir! ” the Marine sentry referred to as from the door. The grasp stated: “We’re miles off the bay, sir: Jackson’s already long past in with the Passe Partout and has anchored a couple of hundred yards past the cliff with the semaphore tower on it. They’ll imagine he’s long past shut inshore to preserve from this south wind simply because anchoring at the north part, the place the fishing boats are, will be a truly rolly berth. ” “Very good, I’ll come on deck,” Ramage stated. He picked up the French Lieutenant’s hat. “Damned guy had too small a head for me,” he complained. “I get a headache in 5 mins. ” “I’ve obvious the mark in your forehead,” Southwick acknowledged sympathetically. “Better be like me. ” He ran his arms via his hair. “At my age no different army expects me to put on a hat. And should you don’t brain me asserting so, sir, that blouse of yours seems a bit too stylish. In those progressive days I don’t imagine captains within the French army have stewards with sizzling irons …” “It’s a sizzling afternoon; it’ll quickly crease. I refuse to put on that man’s blouse; he has a chest as slim as a boarding-pike! ” “I ask yourself what he’s doing now? ” Southwick stated unsympathetically. “Can you think him attempting to clarify in French to a peasant talking in simple terms Italian how the lieutenant commanding a semaphore station at the coast of Languedoc abruptly came upon himself and his males tramping around the goat tracks of Sardinia …” “I can higher think the glance at the face of the individual hearing him,” Ramage stated as he slipped a cutlass-belt over his shoulder after which tightened the belt protecting up his trousers.

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