the Oregon Trail to England and New Orleans, William lives a
very strange life... including time spent in Cheyenne
for a Creole paramour, entering the Civil War and living
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The captain watched the pirate
colors hoisted and
shouted to the first mate, who was the acting gun captain.
“Prepare to fire, Mr. Finian.”
The gun ports were opened simultaneously, the
cannon muzzles were extended, and the two port side cannons fired on
command, all within seconds. With a thunderous roar and billowing
smoke, the corsair’s deck was raked with grapeshot.
The results were gratifying. Half of the exposed
bodies on the ship’s deck disappeared. The privateer was too close and
unprepared to respond with its cannon, so it could do nothing but
continue on course to crash into the port side of the Dunbrody.
Grappling hooks came flying through the air to
the two ships together, and the privateers began to swing aboard.
William realized immediately that the Dunbrody crew was well trained.
Each man took his time and drew down on a specific individual before
firing. Again, a large number of pirates fell.
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