By Dewey Lambdin
“You may get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The ny occasions publication Review
The 12 months 1809 starts off out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal military, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the ailing, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, obtained hit through lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast that can finish Lewrie’s energetic fee if a substitute can’t be discovered or formed quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, no longer gradual, outdated Fourth fee two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the evidence such a lot glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert staff together.
Just whilst he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne offer convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, larger referred to as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of demise, the place the ocean should be extra harmful to him and his ships than the French military! Basing out of newly received Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, may perhaps stream, he’s convinced of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, confidently, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged shorelines of Spain!
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At the junction of the Ohio the Mississippi's depth is eighty- seven feet; the depth increases gradually, reaching one hundred and twenty-nine just above the mouth. The difference in rise and fall is also remarkable--not in the upper, but in the lower river. The rise is tolerably uniform down to Natchez (three hundred and sixty miles above the mouth)--about fifty feet. But at Bayou La Fourche the river rises only twenty-four feet; at New Orleans only fifteen, and just above the mouth only two and one half.
Then such a scramble as there is to get aboard, and to get ashore, and to take in freight and to discharge freight, all at one and the same time; and such a yelling and cursing as the mates facilitate it all with! Ten minutes later the steamer is under way again, with no flag on the jack-staff and no black smoke issuing from the chimneys. After ten more minutes the town is dead again, and the town drunkard asleep by the skids once more. My father was a justice of the peace, and I supposed he possessed the power of life and death over all men and could hang anybody that offended him.
Speak up prompt, or overboard you go. 'Snake him out, boys. ' I began to beg, and crept out amongst them trembling. They looked me over, wondering, and the Child of Calamity says-- 'A cussed thief! ' 'Good, that 's it. ' When the paint come, and Bob took the brush and was just going to begin, the others laughing and rubbing their hands, I begun to cry, and that sort of worked on Davy, and he says-- ''Vast there! He 's nothing but a cub. ' So I looked around on them, and some of them grumbled and growled, and Bob put down the paint, and the others didn't take it up.
A Hard, Cruel Shore: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure by Dewey Lambdin