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By Dudley Pope

A sinking British send, her team and passengers—men and ladies alike—ruthlessly murdered by the hands of a French privateer. this is often the nightmare Ramage and the group of the Calypso bump into whereas engaged in a sweep for freebooters within the waters off Jamaica. Supported via his males in a thirst for righteous vengeance, Ramage units sail to carry the murderers to justice.

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I observed possibly or 3 males. Shipkeepers? 3 males for ten privateers isn't many. No, there’s whatever damned extraordinary approximately all of it. might there be extra privateers at Bonaire, or maybe Aruba? ” “Why? ” Ramage requested. “Why may privateers be at islands the place there's no first rate harbour? At Bonaire they must anchor on a sloping shelf. Why be there whilst Amsterdam is this kind of excellent harbour? Sheltered from the elements, defended by way of the forts, provisions and water to be had …” “That’s why I’m so puzzled,” Southwick admitted. “I anticipated to determine part a dozen privateers, maybe even a dozen, yet all able to visit sea. might be one repairing harm and maybe one other changing her status and operating rigging—but now not ten like that. It’s—well, nearly ghostly, sir; as if yellow fever had killed each guy on board as they have been at anchor. ” For a second Ramage considered Amsterdam being within the grip of a virus of whatever like yellow fever, yet a lot of people have been jogging at the partitions of the forts and within the few streets of Punda and Otrabanda whilst the Calypso handed. Southwick fluffed out his flowing white hair because it started to dry, making it seem like a deck mop. “Your orders from the Admiral, sir. There’s now not a lot you are able to do approximately them. ” “There are ten privateers in Amsterdam,” Ramage reminded him. Southwick sat bolt upright. “But you’re not likely to attempt to head in after them, are you, sir? ” Ramage grinned and waved to Southwick to chill in his chair. “Nor am I going to ship within the boats at evening: they most likely have a sequence growth around the front that they haul up at sundown. yet it’s going to be tricky to persuade the Admiral …” “Those privateersmen can’t find the money for to devour, mendacity there at anchor,” Southwick mentioned. “They’re all on a share-of-the-prize foundation. without pay, time in port is funds misplaced. The shopkeepers will commence in need of funds …” “I’ve thought of all that,” Ramage acknowledged mildly, “but may you sail in a single of these privateers with a British frigate and a schooner ready outdoor? ” “I may possibly attempt on a depressing evening, sir. ” “Come, come,” Ramage chided, “it’s by no means thoroughly darkish within the Tropics. ” “Hungry males get determined! ” “The workforce could, yet don’t overlook that each privateer has an proprietor; and he’s not likely to lose his send simply because the boys are hungry. ” “True, yet I nonetheless don’t comprehend it,” Southwick muttered. “Why are those beggars laid up the following after we understand others—Spanish, anyway—are at sea? reflect on the entire prizes they’re lacking. ” “That’s simply what i've been considering about,” Ramage acknowledged, “and the one good rationalization is that every one the privateersmen are on shore doing anything as ecocnomic as being at sea, privateering. It evidently isn’t promoting clean fruit available in the market. ” Southwick slapped his knee, his face wrinkling right into a vast grin. “I hadn’t considered that, sir. i ponder what the satan they're doing? ” Ramage shrugged his shoulders. “That’s the place I’ve come to a cease. you will be definite they aren’t at a spiritual competition, nor are they sitting at the partitions of the fortress with fishing traces.

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