By David Donachie
The long-awaited go back of the Bucephalas to the security of the Cinque Ports is interrupted by means of a disastrous engagement within the Channel. The looming form of a merchantman becalmed in fog provides a virtually impossible to resist attract. yet for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary team, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.
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Had he stayed in the navy he might even have been in command of one by now. Queen Charlotte was there, along with Royal Sovereign. A sweep of the glass showed him Pompey and Ramillies, both of which he’d served in. He lifted his telescope from elaborate giltedged carving to look at the masts, searching for the pennants that would identify the ranks of the various senior officers. The sharp intake of breath as he made sense of what he saw caused Pender to speak. ” asked James. 56 T H E P R I V AT E E R S M A N M Y S T E R I E S “They fly that when they go into battle,” said Illingworth.
He might have exemptions but the Lothian’s crew did not. No good would come of upsetting Rykert when he was about to enter a plea. “My men have returned from a long commission. ” He stopped, unsure whether the slight smile playing around Rykert’s lips was the prelude to agreement or amusement at his tone of supplication. ” “Far be it from me to rob these poor creatures of their pay, sir, nor the comfort of an India ship. ” “You may refuse, sir. ” “But I am not, sir,” Rykert protested, opening his hands.
That actually made Harry wince, especially since he’d added to the value of their shares by what was, in effect, a loan to the struggling government of the young republic, desperately short of coin to transact necessary business. And the money had a history. Because of the way it had been acquired it might be difficult to explain away if landed in England. So much better to invest beyond the reach of a grasping British Government. And as for coin, he’d retained ten per cent of the total and promised them their shares and wages to be paid from his own resources as soon as they touched their home shore.
A Game of Bones by David Donachie