1632 Snippets

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 19

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 19 In a day that had been difficult for gunnery to begin with, and with marginally substandard accuracy, the gun crews of Resolve's naval rifles redeemed themselves in that moment: one round went in amidships, the other into the starboard quarter. The explosions were akin to flame demons bursting out through its sides, multiple secondary explosions cracking and blasting in their wake. Smoke poured out of her. The sea around her was thick with smoking debris. Rik looked over at Tromp. "Sir, what orders...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 18

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 18 Chapter 10 East of Dominica Maarten Tromp empathized with the Spanish, even if he felt less than an iota of sympathy for them. If they had had a balloon of their own, they could have foreseen each step of the disaster that had unfolded in the seaway before Dominica. And if they had had a radio, the cargo galleons might have fashioned an organized response to Resolve's dash into their midst at flank speed: a wolf plunging into a flock of sheep. For instance, they might have attempted to box in the USE...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 17

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 17 Touman nodded soberly, stood, and faced back where his invisible entourage was waiting. After a moment, they rose. He pointed at Eddie and started speaking loudly in French. Gallagher whispered the translation over Eddie's shoulder. "This pale man from over the sea has come with words and proposals of peace and respect" -- and he rattled off what Eddie had proposed.  At the end of that list, he paused for a moment to let the gathered warriors reflect on it. "He is the first pale man who has even...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 16

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 16 Chapter 9 Petit-cul-de-sac Marin, Guadeloupe Even after the French survivors had all been removed to Intrepid, the Kalinago didn't emerge from the forest until she lowered a longboat carrying the warriors they'd left behind when fleeing St. Eustatia. Two of them rose into view and approached at a brisk walk. As Eddie and Gallagher went to meet them, the Kalinago seemed to take notice of the unevenness of Eddie's gait; he noticed that they were both missing an eye. They stopped when they were ten feet...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 15

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 15 Chapter 8 Petit-cul-de-sac Marin, Guadeloupe "Starboard battery two, A gun, reports ready, Commodore!" Svantner cried over the flap of Intrepid's sails. "Fire at the crew chief's discretion, Lieutenant!" Eddie shouted back, albeit with none of his XO's animation. That permission, shouted down a speaking tube to the cruiser's gun-deck, brought no immediate response from the weapon. Take your time, thought Eddie, raising his binoculars to examine the state of their target. The French bark, only two...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 14

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 14 He saw Klees' quizzical look. "Yes, I understand the point of the steam tugs, Lieutenant. It was not enough that the Spanish war galleons sped ahead of their main body and then could not maneuver back to engage you without turning into the wind and the current." He smiled. "You had begun the engagement motionless. That way, it wasn't just the war galleons that kept coming on, but the cargo ships of La Flota as well. In order to get Anvil -- the largest part of your fleet -- to the north of their main...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 13

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 13 Bjelke turned to Simonszoon. "Captain, battery two is asking: chain again, or ball?" Simonszoon glared at the Spaniard, as if willing its foremast to collapse. "Both," he sighed. Tromp smiled at his reluctance to use chain shot, regardless of design, in the carronades. "The cases don't harm the rifling of the barrels. That's been proven." Dirck mumbled darkly about the inherent untrustworthiness of mathematicians and engineers, just before all four guns of port battery two discharged in an uneven...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 12

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 12 Chapter 7 East of Dominica "Do we need to hit her again, Captain?" Rik Bjelke asked, looking at the smoke rising up from the side of third war galleon. Simonszoon squinted at the devastation wrought by the two hits that had been scored by the three guns in port battery one as they had crossed her bows. "Nee, she's fighting a fire even as she's taking water. And that mainmast won't bear the pull of canvas in a strong wind anymore. It will be hours before she's underway, and she'd be lucky to make two...