Halfhyde to the Narrows (The Halfhyde Adventures, No. 4) by Philip McCutchan

By Philip McCutchan

With a boat to name his personal finally, Royal military Lieutenant St Vincent Halfhyde sails for the Dardanelles in charge of the little torpedo-boat Vendetta, a part of a flotilla despatched to rescue a Britsih sailing-ship unlawfully detained via the Russians. regrettably, Halfhyde's first command comes whole with a pompous flotilla captain in love along with his personal voice, and the looming possibility of the irascible Admiral Prince Gorsinski. slicing out the sailing-ship from amidst the Russian fleet and sneaking her again during the Narrows lower than the lethal batteries of the Turks and the Russians is the straightforward half. dealing with Gorsinski's vengeance and the mythical wrath of the Romanovs is one other subject!

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Halfhyde asked sharply. There was an understanding chuckle. “By us, sir. ” Halfhyde’s jaw came out dangerously and he sat up in his bunk. ” There was doubt in Prebble’s voice. ” Halfhyde grinned tightly at his bulkhead. “I doubt it. But I’m not a tactful man, Mr Prebble. ” He banged back the voice-pipe cover decisively. He was furiously angry that any officer should seek to vent his ill-temper on the lower deck. Nothing had happened to Watkiss beyond a wetting and a certain loss of dignity: it would be hard to take, but it had to be accepted.

It’s as you wish. ” “No, sir. ” Halfhyde smiled. “Wise and commendable, but I’ll not follow your example myself today. ” Prebble seemed confused, embarrassed: he should perhaps have realized his captain’s desire without having it underlined. Halfhyde put him at his ease as Bodger went off to procure liquor. “I do not expect you to read minds, my dear Prebble. And I genuinely appreciate an abstemious first lieutenant. You’ll not find me less so—except upon occasion! ” Prebble seemed surprised. “I do.

Halfhyde turned to find the yeoman of signals at his elbow. ” Halfhyde gave a loud laugh and dashed seawater from his face. “Tell Captain Watkiss I am manoeuvring to place myself in position for passing a tow. ” “Mr Prebble, kindly make ready as fast as possible to tow aft. I shall not lead my cable aft—I shall tow with a hawser, with the intention of keeping Captain Watkiss’s head to sea and giving him some steerage way pending repairs, rather than a long tow. ” “Aye, aye, sir—” “And one thing more,” Halfhyde added, expecting a stream of messages of advice emanating from the leader.

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