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By Dudley Pope

Ramage, eventually reunited along with his liked Sarah, hopes to spend not less than a number of quiet weeks together with her. as an alternative, he's summoned by means of Admiral Nelson himself. His orders: Ramage is to hitch Nelson's fleet blocking off the mixed French and Spanish navies within the port of Cadiz. yet Nelson's plan isn't really basically to blockade the enemy's fleet. He intends to confront it head-on within the greatest naval conflict the area has ever seen.

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Ramage dressed leisurely. hence have been legends begun. The captain had felt greasy and bristly and drained, in no form to imagine very basically after a nearly sleepless evening, and once the morning’s sign were despatched off he had shaved and adjusted. yet inside a month (if they have been all nonetheless alive through then) the ship’s corporation may have embroidered the story in order that Captain Ramage was once having a leisurely shave whereas thirty-four ships of the road of the mixed Fleet ready to sail and provides conflict with the Calypso. Ramage grinned to himself. He had heard many related tales informed approximately brother captains, and guessed that they had comparable origins. besides, they have been an indication ship’s corporation used to be pleased with their captain and the send, and if it made them struggle greater, no damage was once performed. Seamen had prepared eyes, and if an officer used to be a braggart they fast neglected him, easily obeying orders. The marine sentry was once saying Orsini. “Mr Hill’s compliments, sir, however the Euryalus has simply repeated our sign to the Sirius, and one of many enemy has simply enable fall a topsail. ” Ramage pulled on a stocking. So the sign used to be already on its approach around the fifty miles to Lord Nelson’s fleet, and the enemy have been making the 1st (the first of hundreds of thousands! ) circulation in the direction of crusing. the numerous file will be whilst the 1st of them hove up her anchors. each one send could have not less than a number of anchors down—that used to be, except the other issues, the one manner of packing such a lot of ships into one of these restricted anchorage with out them swinging into one another. Heavy anchors and a muddy backside: Ramage may well photo the clunking of the pawls at the capstans—and the stench of the dust at the cable, with water just like sewage being squeezed out of the strands of the rope because it got here during the hawsehole … pity the terrible fellows down within the cable tier whose activity it used to be to coil the cables as they handed under. ultimately Ramage used to be dressed and he went as much as the quarterdeck. within the part hour he have been under it had became an outstanding day: 3 miles away to the eastward there has been the light slope of vineyards, after which the land trended southward to the village of Santa Maria on the front to a small river and have become dunes. They endured directly to the marshes and salt ponds at the different part of Cadiz, separated from the spit by means of the channel during which lots of the mixed Fleet have been moored. He tested Cadiz with the telescope. there has been no flag at the Torre de Tavira, yet that three-decker there, French (was she Villeneuve’s flagship, the Bucentaure? ), used to be making signs. One send had simply began catting her anchors. one other, Spanish, used to be at brief remain and relocating forward slowly because the capstan hauled within the ultimate anchor cable. He tested the ship’s masts. there have been males out alongside the fore- and maintopsail yards—obviously throwing off gaskets. Yes—there’s the fore-topsail enable fall. The breeze is gentle, now not sufficient to shake out the creases within the canvas. Now they’re bracing the yards sharp up—the captain is concerned to get below manner the instant the anchor is aweigh, in order that the wind doesn't flow him sideways directly to the mudbank just a couple of yards on his larboard aspect.

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