The Captain from Connecticut (Great War Stories) by C. S. Forester

By C. S. Forester

Not anyone yet a madman could placed to sea in such stipulations. A snowfall reduce visibility to yards. manhattan Sound was once galloping whitecaps. yet during this moment 12 months of the conflict of 1812, stipulations like those spelled chance to Captain Josiah Peabody, USN. His challenge: holiday the British Blockade. the single factor in his prefer used to be shock. Who may count on a Yankee frigate in new york Sound at evening? Peabody is a fictional personality, and C.S. Forester's first American hero. but it used to be males like him who compensated for our tragic loss of warships and set the area sounding with the feats of our small military. "His exploits have the hoop of the reality. there isn't any larger guy than C.S. Forester to inform the tale." (B-O-T Editorial overview Board)

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I shall send my surgeon on board the Princess Augusta," said Peabody. " "Thank you, sir," said the captain. There came a knock at the cabin door, and Washington opened it. " O'Brien was carrying two small but heavy leather bags, on the fastenings of which dangled leaden seals. "I brought these over myself, sir. " The bags as he set them on the deck gave out the clink of gold; Peabody glanced at the British captain and saw the look of mortification which passed over his face. But now that the discovery had been made the captain took it with the best grace he could.

He was glad to see Murray attending to the distribution of lighted slow-match round the ship — he wanted nothing to go wrong with that first broadside. Only a scant mile ahead of the Delaware a gray shape emerged from the rainstorm — gray one moment, sharply defined the next; the Calypso still holding her course and beyond the immediate help of her consorts. Certainly there was no time now for the British ships to close together, not with the Delaware rushing down upon them at eight knots. There was a chance of raking the Calypso, of crossing her bows and sweeping her from end to end, but her captain was too wary.

Peabody lingered on deck; Mason, his youngest lieutenant, had fifty men and all the skilled hands of the Delaware repairing the tattered rigging of the Princess Augusta, and when the work was finished Mason would retain six of them and make an attempt to reach Charleston — or Georgetown or Wilmington or any other port where he could slip past the British cruisers. Peabody suddenly became aware of Jonathan at his side, whispering urgently in the darkness. " said Peabody, quite unable to believe his ears.

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