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By Dudley Pope

Ramage, ultimately reunited along with his liked Sarah, hopes to spend at the very least a couple of quiet weeks along with her. as a substitute, he's summoned by means of Admiral Nelson himself. His orders: Ramage is to hitch Nelson's fleet blocking off the mixed French and Spanish navies within the port of Cadiz. yet Nelson's plan isn't in simple terms to blockade the enemy's fleet. He intends to confront it head-on within the largest naval conflict the realm has ever seen.

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So long as they argued, they might be much less prone to hindrance themselves approximately Blackwood’s Euryalus, now tacking backward and forward simply open air the El Diamante and los angeles Galera shoals, a few miles into the bay past the doorway to Cadiz anchorage. From there he may well see Rota at the north aspect of the bay and all of the French and Spanish ships at anchor in Cadiz; a sharp-eyed guy with a telescope may possibly look forward to any undue boat job among the ships and, extra vital, see instantly whilst specific ships begun bending on sails or swaying up yards. either the Bucentaure and Argonaute have been in sight from that place, Blackwood had informed Ramage once they talked on board the Victory, in order that by means of observing the boats coming and going it used to be virtually attainable to maintain either admirals’ viewers’ books. whereas the Euryalus stored watch at the north facet of Cadiz urban, by means of midday the Calypso used to be hove-to south of the small urban, and Ramage was once sitting astride a carronade, a telescope to his eye, Orsini on his left and Southwick, clutching a slate and drawing a coarse chart, on his correct. Rota, Cadiz Bay and Cadiz harbour itself shaped an important sickle: Rota used to be on the tip; then the bay shaped the curving blade with Cadiz itself on the finish, on the best of the deal with. The deal with itself represented the lengthy anchorage with Cadiz at the seaward facet, the anchorage itself getting very shallow and turning into marshes and saltpans 3 miles from the doorway, with a slender and deeper channel curving via it and permitting barely enough room for ships of the road to anchor, notwithstanding a unexpected wind shift at the flip of the tide could supply captains and primary lieutenants a couple of worried moments … So there has been Cadiz unfolded prior to him on the finish of an extended sand spit. The spit stretched 5 miles northwards from the salt ponds yet used to be just a hundred ft vast for nearly part its size prior to widening out right into a bulge of land sufficiently big for the town to be outfitted. Ramage began his designated exam from the southern finish. “Salt ponds and marshes,” he instructed Southwick. “There’s a windmill down there that’s most likely the saltworks, pumping seawater into the pans, or grinding the salt itself: how the satan does one make salt? “Then the spit begins, and it’s now not thirty yards extensive. Runs alongside to the nor’ nor’-west and doesn’t get any wider for … good, greater than miles. Ah, then there’s a citadel: that’s the Fuerte de los angeles Cortadura, the doorway to the town and which cuts off the spit. “Have you were given that, you ? simply over a number of miles of spit after which the citadel, after which the city—such because it is—begins. Oh convinced, at the seaward aspect there are rocks with sand in the back of from the salt ponds nearly as much as the citadel, yet then it's a broad sandy seashore, a gradual slope as much as it, ultimate for beaching a ship. “Now … nonetheless going nor’ nor’-west from the citadel, there’s a citadel and tower at the inshore part. certain, that’ll be the Castillo de Puntales, outfitted to hide the doorway of the anchorage from the interior: it can’t hearth to seaward.

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