Ramage and the Guillotine opens in the summer of 1801. Ramage is home awaiting employment after his exploits in Ramage’s Prize and Britain is on tenterhooks expecting Napoleon to invade.
The Pitt government has fallen and Ramage’s patron, First Lord of Admiralty, Lord Spencer, is out of office and is replaced by Lord St. Vincent, someone with whom Ramage is on equally good terms.
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In Ramage and the Freebooters, Lieutenant Nicholas Ramage finally tracks down the lair of the French privateers at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.
The landward end of the bay shows the channel that could have easily been concealed from seaward view by the use of rafts bearing camouflage.
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.
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The main action in Ramage and the Freebooters is centered on St. George’s, Grenada. The above photo gives a panorama of the harbor. Fort George, seat of the military administration in the novel, is easily visible in the center background.
Fort George, then called Fort Rupert, was heavily damaged by US airstrikes during Operation URGENT FURY in October 1983.