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The second one around landed simply in entrance of the rocks, ricocheted two times and disappeared. “Fifty yards brief on the first grave, sir,” Aitken pronounced. “Very good, i feel we will come back to the Juno. ” He seemed around for the petty officer who was once being left accountable for the batteries. “Ah, Richardson. Rig a mast out of these spars you used as sheers and watch the Juno and the Surcouf for signs. you could have a duplicate of the indications? ” the guy dug into the interior of his plaited sennet hat and confirmed Ramage the skinny quantity. “Good, and you have got a collection of flags. positive, all you must do is hold a pointy lookout. You’ll see any send rounding Pointe des Salines lengthy earlier than us. keep up a correspondence with the decrease batteries. Any questions? ” the guy shook his head and Ramage smiled. “You have meals and water for 3 months, and muskets to chase the goats. even though, i am hoping anyone might be as much as see you ahead of then. ” It took Ramage and Aitken twenty mins to scramble down the steep slopes to arrive the positioning for the 3rd battery, 200 toes decrease down the Rock. It was once an ideal position: a collapse which all of the provisions have been kept and nonetheless sufficiently big to deal with a dozen males. With a flat platform of rock in entrance of it, dealing with to the north, it was once big enough for 2 or 3 weapons, not to mention the one twelve-pounder which was once all that Ramage might spare from the Juno. He observed that Lacey and his males had already rigged the jackstay. From this element the rock face dropped right down to the Marchesa battery so steeply that males have been having to take advantage of rope ladders. Ramage commented at the steepness and requested Aitken who had controlled to climb it within the first position and get a ladder into place. The younger Scot admitted that a number of seamen had attempted and located that once fifty toes or in order that they may get no better. finally he had climbed up himself, with a coil of rope slung over his shoulder. as soon as he reached the platform he had secured an finish of the rope and hurled the coil right down to the ready males, who had bent on a rope ladder which he had hauled up. either males have been status at the platform and searching around the Fours Channel to Diamond Hill after they spotted that the ropes preserving one of many ladders have been shaking. A minute or later Lacey’s perspiring face seemed over the sting of the rock. “I’m afraid we’re in the back of, sir,” he said apologetically to Ramage, “but I’m simply citing a celebration to rig this finish of the luff take on; then we will be able to commence hoisting the gun instantly. ” “It can be larger to hoist the carriage first,” Ramage acknowledged, “just in case …” Lacey’s eyes fell. “Certainly, sir, when you would like it. ” Ramage glanced at Aitken and laughed. “No, keep on, Lacey, you’re dependable! ” The Fourth Lieutenant brightened up instantly. “If you’ll excuse me a second, sir …” he acknowledged and ran to the sting of the rock, calling all the way down to the lads mountaineering the ladders to rush. He back a second later and requested Ramage nearly shyly: “If you may wait a minute or , sir, i believe the lads would prefer you to be right here after they safe the luff take on: every little thing will then be prepared for hoisting.