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CHAPTER SEVEN - THE SPANISH GALLEYS

Hornblower as always sought exact information.
`How many, Mr Wales?'
`Thirty, mebbe. Enough to hand the sails if they're making a passage. Or to man the guns - they strike the yards and sails like now, before they goes into action, Mr Hornblower,' said Wales, pontifical as usual, and with that slight emphasis on the `Mister' inevitable when a warrant officer of sixty with no hope of further promotion addressed a warrant officer of eighteen (his nominal equal in rank) who might some day be an admiral. `So you see how it is. With no more than thirty of a crew an' two hundred slaves they daren't let 'em loose, not ever.'
The galleys had turned again, and were now passing down the Indefatigable's starboard side. The beat of the oars had slowed very noticeably, and Hornblower had ample time to observe the vessels closely, the low forecastle and high poop with the gangway connecting them along the whole length of the galley; upon that gangway walked a man with a whip. The rowers were invisible below the bulwarks, the oars being worked through holes in the sides closed, as far as Hornblower could see, with sheets of leather round the oar-looms to keep out the sea. On the poop stood two men at the tiller and a small group of officers, their gold lace flashing in the sunshine. Save for the gold lace and the twenty-four-pounder bow chasers Hornblower was looking at exactly the same sort of vessel as the ancients used to fight their battles. Polybius and Thucydides wrote about galleys almost identical with these - for that matter it was not much more than two hundred years since the galleys had fought their last great battle at Lepanto against the Turks. But those battles had been fought with hundreds of galleys a side.
`How many do they have in commission now?' asked Hornblower.
`A dozen, mebbe - not that I knows for sure, o' course. Carthagena's their usual station, beyond the Gut.' Wales, as Hornblower understood, meant by this through

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