By C. S. Forester
Even though the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland is the ugliest and least fascinating two-decker within the army and a staff scarcity ability he needs to recruit 2 hundred and fifty landlubbers, Hornblower is familiar with that by the point Sutherland and her squadron succeed in the blockaded Catalonian coast each seaman will do his accountability. yet with bold raids opposed to the French military and military to be made, it's going to take all Hornblower's seamanship and stewardship to lead a gradual path to victory and residential. this is often the 6th of 11 books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower
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By November, Germany had sent twenty V-boats to help redress the losses incurred by aggressive Allied submarine attacks. The total successes in the whole of the Mediterranean by Allied submarines during November were a destroyer, a cruiser and five large merchant vessels. There had been no losses of British or Allied submarines from any of the three flotillas (Gibraltar, Malta and Alexandria) during the month.
The attacking battleships, however, had their big 15- and 16-inch guns fitted with sub-calibre sleeves. This saved the expense of hurling an enormous 15-inch projectile, as the actual shell which winged its way towards the Centurion was perhaps only 4-inch. It was all very dramatic and the King, who, after all, was a naval officer himself, no doubt thoroughly enjoyed the day. (Surprisingly, after all this bombardment, the Centurion did not sink. ) There was one further interesting experience for George during the shoot.
This allowed George an insight into the sumptuous life led by the Burra Sahibs (men) and the Mem Sahibs (women) in the days of the British Raj. While at Calcutta, George experienced a large earthquake which shook the whole region as far as Rangoon in Burma. The earthquake undoubtedly increased the size and strength of the normal bores (walls of water), for which the Hooghli is famous, into a miniature tsunami sweeping upstream from the Ganges Delta. A large German ship moored downstream of the Anacan broke adrift from its moorings and was forced up the river, finally crashing into the Howrah Bridge.
A Ship of the Line (Hornblower, Book 6) by C. S. Forester