Ramage's Trial (The Lord Ramage Novels) (Volume 14)

By Dudley Pope

Captain Lord Ramage and the Calypso go back from Devil's Island, yet Ramage's new spouse Sarah is lacking. The captain would prefer not anything greater than to sail domestic instantly, yet as a substitute he's ordered to shepherd a lumbering convoy of service provider ships again to England. at the means, weird and wonderful occasions lead him to an entire court docket martial in Plymouth, presided over by way of his previous nemesis, Rear-Admiral Goddard. Ramage needs to transparent his name-or face a sentence of dying!

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The paperback version of this name was once cataloged as: Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication facts Pope, Dudley. Ramage’s trial / via Dudley Pope. p. cm. — (Lord Ramage novels; no. 14) ISBN 1-59013-011-1 (alk. paper) 1. Ramage, Nicholas (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. nice Britain—History, Naval—19th century—Fiction. three. nice Britain. Royal Navy—Officers—Fiction. four. Napoleonic Wars, 1800–1815—Fiction. 6. Trials (Military offenses)—Fiction I. name PR6066. O5 R39 2002 823′. 914—dc21 2002000120 The publication models of this name have the next ISBNs: Kindle 978-1-59013-558-7, ePub 978-1-59013-559-4, and PDF 978-1-59013-560-0 www. mcbooks. com For the Ballengers with thank you bankruptcy ONE SOUTHWICK walked slowly around the quarterdeck to the place Ramage stood looking for a few colour from a small awning which, having performed quite a bit provider within the Tropics, now comprised extra patches than unique fabric and in areas was once so threadbare from sunlight and wind that it supplied just a little extra color than a bit of muslin. “This present is enhanced than I’d allowed for,” the grasp acknowledged. “I’d be blissful if you’d make up your brain within the following few hours, sir, since it may possibly keep us a troublesome beat opposed to either wind and present …” Ramage nodded agreeably simply because, actually, he had ultimately determined. the alternative were simple—they had sailed north-west alongside the South American coast from French Guiana, shepherding their prizes captured off Devil’s Island, and he needed to come to a decision no matter if to make for Barbados or Antigua. Barbados, being additional out within the Atlantic, a sentry field guarding the Windward and Leeward Islands, working north and south like a fence dividing the Caribbean from the Atlantic, intended that they had to show some degree or to starboard and wish that the flagship of the admiral commanding “His Majesty’s ships and vessels upon the Windward Island station” used to be anchored in Carlisle Bay. With success, the admiral will be very wanting frigates and in simple terms too blissful to shop for within the prizes so as to add to his force—no commander-in-chief ever had sufficient frigates, and unforeseen prizes arising from the south will be like a quart of unpolluted water to a parched guy. The admiral may allow the Calypso sail without delay for England— he should still, seeing that she used to be crusing less than one other admiral’s orders. even if, many convoys assembled at Barbados for the lengthy haul around the Atlantic to England, and what admiral may possibly withstand ordering an additional homeward-bound frigate to affix the escort? Ramage guessed that, even worse, few if any admirals may well face up to placing Captain Ramage in control of a convoy and escort, which might suggest a protracted and tedious voyage domestic. Antigua, the choice selection, was once prone to have the opposite admiral there, the single commanding the King’s ships at the Leeward Islands station. Whoever he was once for the time being— Ramage looked as if it would remember that it used to be Hervey—would be in a really undesirable mood simply because he most likely had his flagship in English Harbour, which with its mosquitoes, disagreeable and windless anchorage, and notoriously corrupt dockyard employees, made so much officials rage opposed to it.

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