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General valuation in accordance with costs at Jamaica dockyard,” the Admiral stated promptly. “That’s the valuation in England plus sixty according to cent—the rate they cost service provider ships. ” He pointed to the papers he had simply given Ramage. “The determine is there—about £7500, i believe. a complete of simply over £17,000 for the total send. It’ll figure out much less for los angeles Comète,” he extra, waving in the direction of the careened frigate. “She’s 3 years older and broken. then you definitely have the schooner and the seven merchantmen. A tidy sum for you and your males. the 2 frigates carry you almost £10,000, with £5000 shared among the lieutenants, grasp and health professional … Why, the seamen gets £50 each—the identical of 4 years’ pay! ” “They earned it,” Captain Edwards commented. “And that doesn’t comprise the service provider ships and head-money. ” “I understand they earned it,” the Admiral acknowledged crossly, “and they’ll earn it two times over by the point they’ve conducted the orders I’m getting ready for Ramage. Now,” he acknowledged impatiently, indicating that the topic of the prize-money used to be closed, “how lengthy earlier than you’ll have that Surcouf commissioned? ” even if Ramage had guessed this was once the genuine this is because he have been ordered to report back to the Admiral, it was once a tricky query to respond to. The Admiral had initially promised to shift the ship’s corporation of his final command, the Juno, to his new one, however the Juno had no longer but arrived in English Harbour. without doubt Aitken, the 1st Lieutenant who were left in command off Martinique whilst Ramage transferred to the Surcouf with a prize group, had a superbly stable reason behind the hold up in attaining Antigua, yet meanwhile Ramage used to be left with simply 40 males. thus far he had met with not anything yet obstruction from the dockyard’s grasp attendant, bosun and storekeeper—who have been most likely scared stiff in case this surprising inflow of labor ended in calls for for shops which might exhibit their peculations—but this used to be traditional, no longer worthy even pointing out to the Admiral. “About per week, as soon as i am getting all my Junos. That’s supplying we use the French weapons, sir. If we shift them and feature to get out all of the shot—” he broke off as Admiral Davis waved apart the belief. the 2 navies used various sized shot, yet delivering the Surcouf carried adequate for her subsequent operation it didn't subject. “Provisions? ” demanded the Admiral. “Three months at the French scale, sir, and 3 months’ water. ” “Very good. The Juno may be in inside of an afternoon or two—I can’t imagine what’s not on time that younger fellow: desire he’s not likely to be a sadness. besides, every week from the time she arrives, eh? ” His around face was once covered, and the thick black eyebrows which jutted out of his forehead like small brushes have been drawn down, giving him a quaintly fierce visual appeal, like a truculent shoe-black. “Now, her identify. I don’t like Surcouf; no use for us to have a good time a dam’ French pirate. ” “Calypso! ” Ramage used to be startled to discover he had spoken the be aware aloud and hurriedly additional: “Perhaps you are going to ponder renaming her ‘Calypso,’ sir. ” “Sounds alright, yet I’ve forgotten my mythology.