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Ramage and the Freebooters

When we last encountered Lieutenant Nicholas Ramage, he was heading home from the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, having lost his ship, the cutter HMS Kathleen, in an attempt to keep a Spanish ship of the line from escaping.

Ramage and the Freebooters opens with Ramage reporting to Whitehall in response to a summons from Lord Spencer, First Lord of the Admiralty. Spencer is a long time friend of Ramage’s family and sympathetic to the dangers facing Ramage in the service because of the court martial of his father.

Major spoilers follow.
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Adventures in the Fog

Periodically, we’ve noted instances where actual events enter naval fiction set during the Age of Sail will little more than the names of people and ships changed. Sometimes the actual events are toned down for the novel because of the implausibility of the real event, such as Cochrane taking El Gamo or Nelson using one Spanish first rate as a bridge to board and take a second first rate.

Another incident ties together Midshipman Horatio Hornblower, Lieutenant Lord Ramage, and Commodore Horatio Nelson. Fog and the Spanish Fleet.

In the short story, Hornblower, the Duchess, and the Devil, which is included in C. S. Forester’s Mr. Midhipman Hornblower, Hornblower, commanding a prize en route to England, finds himself enshrouded in fog, a fog which also includes the Spanish fleet and is subsequently captured and imprisoned at the fortress at Ferrol. In Dudley Pope’s Ramage, Lieutenant Lord Ramage, commanding the cutter HMS Kathleen, finds himself in the same unpleasant circumstances. He however, evades imprisonment, gains key intelligence on the Spanish fleet then in port in Cartagena, and is able to warn Admiral Sir John Jervis of their intentions.

The real story is just as strange.
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Drumbeat

Drumbeat is the second of the Nicholas Ramage novels by Dudley Pope. It picks up where Ramage left off, with Nicholas Ramage commanding the cutter HMS Kathleen and en route to Gibraltar from Corsica. It ends with the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, February 14, 1797.

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