By Dudley Pope
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He was once looking at the Heron via his telescope while unexpectedly she grew to become to larboard around the bow of the 1st French frigate. Ramage learned instantly that she used to be raking the enemy and used to be making an assault as the nearness of the Dido intended that her try to break out from her pursuers used to be no longer so determined. The frigate used to be coated in smoke from her broadside and instantly she hauled her wind and grew to become north back, in the direction of the Dido. Ramage couldn't see the impact at the enemy, however it used to be an impudent assault which would were fortunate in bringing down a mast. “That may possibly educate the Frenchman to not get too close,” commented Aitken. “The Frenchman can be slowing down very soon,” Ramage acknowledged. “They won’t are looking to get twisted up with us. They’ll wait till their very own seventy four has stuck up. ” The Heron was once now a mile away and Ramage instructed Aitken: “Hoist quantity 29. ” He sought after sufficient time for the Heron to work out the signal—in the buzz of getting simply raked her pursuer they may not be observing the Dido—and for her captain to appreciate what was once anticipated of him. Now used to be the time to plot his personal movement. It was—to commence with—fairly easy: he might run down among the Heron and the Frenchman, firing his starboard broadside into the enemy supplying the Frenchman didn't do the practical factor, which might be to show and run again to the security of the seventy four. Then the Dido could run on and provides the second one frigate a broadside, after which leaving either frigates to the Heron, he could move directly to assault the seventy four. She was once, he knew, the most threat—both to the Heron and any ships on their strategy to the West Indies. If she received free in a convoy, for instance—most outward-bound convoys had small escorts—the influence will be devastating. The north-east wind was once nonetheless little greater than a clean breeze; now not sufficient to fan the flames of whitecaps. The sky was once nonetheless mottled with thunder clouds however the waterspouts looked as if it would have long past in other places. It was once quite shut, as if a thunderstorm was once impending. this day he had noticeable his first shoal of flying fish, and he had felt the standard pleasure of returning to the Tropics. He freely admitted he hated the northern weather: it usually damp and chilly, with frequently a dismal drizzle. If he was once unfastened to reside the place he sought after he could purchase a plantation someplace just like the island of Nevis. now not Barbados, which used to be too crowded and besides too flat, nor Antigua, simply because he didn't just like the those who had settled there. Grenada, probably: it used to be a stunning island. yet what the satan was once he wondering, contemplating the islands, while he had enemy frigates prior to him and a seventy four? not less than he had the elements gauge. Being to windward of all of them gave him a substantial tactical virtue simply because he may possibly run right down to assault them whereas that they had to overcome to windward to wake up to him. That went part of how to making up for the truth that he and the Heron have been outnumbered through a frigate. And he used to be happy to determine that the captain of the Heron used to be a guy with spirit, as proven through his try and rake his pursuer.