Excerpt from “Chapter 5 – Great Inagua, Bahamas – April 1721”

Jolie Rouge: A Swashbuckling Tale of Adventure and Intrigue by Rick Ley

Excerpt from “Chapter 5 – Great Inagua, Bahamas – April 1721”:

Engagements at sea are different from those conducted on land. Terrestrial
battles are messy affairs that often encompass many fields
and forests, even entire towns and the accompanying countryside. The carnage
is also somewhat simple to quantify. All one needs to do is simply
look around to see the aftermath of the adversaries who had just doled out
all that their respective energies could muster. The question “Who won?” is
often not so simple to answer, considering that the field of play is likely to
be strewn on both sides with the remains of the combatants, may they be
dead, dying, or wounded and wishing they were dead. Maritime warfare is
much different in any number of ways. First and foremost, sea battles are
typically limited in area and conducted by relatively few ships. And then
there is the sea itself—all that water, the universal solvent that neatly and
quickly removes the messes inflicted upon it. The Frizzington had been
blown to hell and all that remained were some disseminated scraps of wood
quietly slipping away on the tide. The bodies of those who had fallen or
were thrown overboard on the remaining ships were either drowned and had
already settled beneath the surface or were being devoured by the sharks
attracted to the fray. Finally, there was no second-guessing the winner, the
losing ships having been expeditiously overrun by the victors.

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