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Posted: Feb 12 2018, 05:23 PM
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Caspian Barker, Captain of the Daring Lady
Caspian had been given reports that their swimmers had been up and moving about. One with great difficulty. Perhaps he could get some answers from the other one though. If the Sovereign truly had been sunk that meant something very serious to them all. Venetia would need to be informed and he was almost dreading that conversation. Already the waters were hotter in places than usual. They had been forced to alter course a few times on their various tips and he was sure he wasn’t the only vessel having this issue. If there was a power vacuum amongst the authority that could result in an overcompensation.
He was making his rounds when he noticed Jack talking with the very person who could give him answers. A pleased expression appeared on his face. That man had been an excellent addition to his crew, as he'd had no doubt of. Not just for his seafaring skills but fro the connections he brought with him. The ship captain approached the two where they were sharing a chat and some ropework.
“It's good to see you up and about. We were getting a bit concerned with how long you had both slept that you would nap until we reached port.” He teased with a grin. ”I'm sure Jack here has filled you in on where we are headed. You should be able to report in there and find passage to Kingston if that's your choice. As a British citizen I find myself greatly curious as to how a ship like the Sovereign could be brought down by the likes of pirates. Do you feel up to filling me in on the particulars?”
While it had been worded as a polite question, there was a very serious tone to it. He was a smuggler after all. There was more at stake here than simply his concern and curiosity.
This post has been written by SABE
Posted: Feb 14 2018, 12:41 PM
Nathanial listened silently. That quieter merchant ship could have meant a smuggler, how Sebastien was saying. He sighed, knowing that it was difficut for Jack to accept that his thigh wound didn't allow him to do anymore what he used to do freely in the past. But at least he could steer the way, and not all sailors were reliable at helm. It would give him some prestige, even if he had lost the title of master gunner he was so proud of. The fact that he was acquainted with the captain for a long time was a good thing too.
"I am always ready to get some more food… even if not too much this time," he grinned.
But before getting to eat, the captain wanted to talk with him.
"We were tired, and I guess we would be napping more until we reach port. Both the battle and the aftermath of three days into the soup were tiresome," he replied at the gentle teasing about oversleeping. "But while I am awake, I can help around, at least a little," he proudly showed the ropework he had been doing. "Yes, Jack told me you are going to Nassau and that is fine. We can find a ship to Kingston from there."
The man asked for details about the "Sovereign"'s last battle, and Nathanial sighed.
"There were two pirate ships. A schooner and a brigantine, both easier to manoeuver than our fourth rate. They were dancing around us and, as a gunner's mate, I can testify that the schooner had indeed a good master gunner. The brigantine had good guns but not so skilled gunners, I'd say."
He wasn't a gunner's mate anymore when the Sovereign went down, but he wasn't going to admit it in public. Jack knew him as a gunner's mate, and the demotion had no connection to his professional skills. It had more to do with Sebastien…
"We sent them some broadsides, then we got to board them, in order to take the logs, man the prize and sail it to Kingston. In the meanwhile, Le Phenix had arrived too and had engaged the schooner, decided to help us deal with one ship each. But the schooner which was battling the French flagship, in between attempts to rake its direct opponent, sent fire arrows to both ships. And as we were boarding the pirate brigantine, a fire arrow got on a powderbag… Do I need to tell you more, how both attached ships got blown up into smithereens, and I found myself into the water?"
Any seaman worth its salt knew what could follow if a fire arrow connected with gunpowder….
"As I was looking for a piece of mast, I met my crewmate who was trying desperately to keep afloat, and so we got both on the same mast. Behind us, the schooner was also sunk by Le Phenix. The French flagship was the victor, but it was surely damaged too."
Thank you Sabe for the graphics set!
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