By Julian Stockwin
In the 10th ebook of the preferred sequence, rumors fly of Napoleon’s deliberate invasion of britain, and British naval commander Thomas Kydd is shipped to liaise with American inventor, Robert Fulton, who has created “infernal machines” that may wreak mass destruction from a distance. Fulton believes that his innovations, particularly the submarine and torpedo, will win the day for the facility that possesses them, and Kydd needs to support him boost the units. regardless of his personal scruples, believing that status man-to-man is the one honorable approach to struggle, Kydd consents to participate within the the most important checking out of those guns of mass destruction, which just may decide the destiny of britain.
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Guns! He strained to hear, but there was no more. He might have imagined it—but one or two about the deck had paused, like him. “Mr. ” he called. A younger man’s ears would be sharper. ” “Could be twelves, Mr. ” Some frigates mounted twelve-pounders as main armament, and if he went to see what it was about, Kydd knew he might find himself turned upon by one of unanswerable force. His duty was plain, however. “Clap on more sail, Mr. ” As near as he could tell it had been somewhere in the open sea beyond where Cap Lévi marked the abrupt turn south into the bay of Cherbourg, so he decided to press on directly after reaching the cape.
Notwithstanding Kydd’s seaman’s instinct, which was telling him that, fully loaded, they would be pigs to sail, the thought of them in uncountable numbers crowding across the Channel to invade England was a fearsome prospect. There was little more he could do. He called the lieutenant over. “I’m continuing m’ cruise to the west. I’ll leave the marines for the prisoners and expect ye to haul off before dark. ” In the late afternoon they had reached the western end of the inshore channel without further incident and Kydd was looking forward to 32 Julian Stockwin supper with Renzi, who had been locked away for hours in his tiny cabin restoring acquaintance with his philosophical studies after his labours in Jersey.
They could not delay. Kydd sighed heavily and went on deck, searching vainly for a hurrying figure on the dockside. ” he ordered. All lines that tethered them alongside were let go save two. Away from the wharf, dockyard work-boats attended for the sloop to warp out, and in Teazer there was the ageold thrill of the outward bound. Sail bent on, men expectantly at their posts, Kydd reluctantly gave the command. “Take us out, Mr. ” Ropes splashed into the murky water and Teazer was ready to spread her wings.