By Patrick O'Brian
"The dating [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is in regards to the neatest thing afloat....For Conradian energy of description and sheer pleasure there's not anything in naval fiction to overcome the strict chase because the outgunned Leopard staggers via mountain waves in icy latitudes to flee the Dutch seventy-four."―Stephen Vaughan, Observer
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty repute, Captain Jack Aubrey and his buddy and healthcare professional Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry jam-packed with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and hazardous spy―and a treacherous affliction that decimates the workforce. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her existence into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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I observed them now not ten mins in the past. ' 'Signal the cutter to keep on with, run down and choose 'em up. we don't are looking to lie right here all day, firing weapons, whereas they wander approximately within the fog searching for us. i don't just like the glance of this present, both. there'll be lots of ice the next day to come, and transparent climate, if this breeze is going on. ' The Leopard ran down, heaved to inside three-quarters of a mile of the island, unloaded the jolly-boat, hoisted it in, and waited your time for the cutter. in this time a skinny gleam broke throughout the fog, and even if Stephen couldn't distinguish something yet a unmarried big petrel he did have the excitement of seeing even better plenty of ice fall from the excessive cliffs above the low-lying mist, plenty the dimensions of a home that both shattered on the foot of the mountain or plunged directly into the ocean, sending up monstrous fountains of water: rankings of those enormous nice blocks. The cutter was once hoisted in. Jack acknowledged, 'Spritsail, foresail, topsails and topgallants: supply the island a large berth with this damned present, then east-south-east. ' The watch replaced. Turnbull got here on deck, muffled like a undergo; Babbington passed over: 'Here you could have her; spritsail, foresail, topsails, topgallants; supply the ice-island a large berth, then east-south-east,' and Stephen, licking a section of ice - it used to be relatively clean - once more reflected upon the big volume of repetition within the provider. Jack lingered till Turnbull had trimmed the sails and the Leopard was once making 5 or 6 knots; then he acknowledged, 'Mr furnish, come and take a dish of tea within the cabin. you are going to sign up for us, health care professional? ' 'Thank you, sir,' acknowledged furnish, 'but i'm definite you're not equivalent to corporation. ' Jack made no answer: he stared over the facet for it slow, attempting to pierce the fog and notice the iceberg out at the larboard beam, however it was once long gone. Then he led the way in which aft, preserving Stephen's arm, and undefined, fairly awkwardly, via provide. The awkwardness persevered through the tea-drinking, and it triggered supply to talk in a voice louder and extra brassy than ordinary. Stephen was once happy to flee: 'I shall take a seat with Mrs Wogan and her range for a while,' he acknowledged as he made his method right down to the orlop. He was once at the most sensible step of the reduce ladder whilst he was once flung physically all the way down to its foot. a big echoing crash appeared the reason, and the full arrest of the ship's ahead movement. straight away all of the humans lower than rushed over his physique as they made their method on deck, and it used to be your time sooner than he may possibly assemble his wits. He heard livid contradictory cries of 'Up with the helm' and 'Down with the helm' and a stressed bellowing. Herapath got here jumping less than in bounds, with a spike in his hand. Seeing Stephen he cried, 'The key! the most important! i need to get her out from down there. ' 'Calm your self, Mr Herapath. There aren't any rending timbers, no obtrusive leak, no fast peril. yet here's the main, and that of the forepeak. you could release them if the water may still upward thrust. ' He spoke quietly sufficient, yet Herapath's frantic dismay affected him to the level of inflicting him to step into his cabin, make a brief, really apt number of his papers and placed them into his bosom ahead of mountaineering as much as the deck.