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“She carried a long eighteen-pounder, two ten-pounders, and ten six-pounders, and she sailed like a witch.”
“Amyas, having, as he had said, the wind, and being able to go nearer it than the Spaniard, kept his place at easy point-blank range for his two eighteen-pounder culverins, which Yeo and his mate worked with terrible effect.”
“Three eighteen-pounder cannon balls had been placed in the coffin that was laid on a plank beside the starboard entry port.”
“Another gunner received permission to come to the quarterdeck to arm the twelve eighteen-pounder cannons and the four thirty-two-pounder carronades.”
“The dining cabin had vanished, Sharpe's quarters were gone, the pictures had been taken below and the only remaining luxury was the black-and-white chequered canvas carpet on which the two eighteen-pounder guns stood.”
“It was a vast thing, much bigger than the Calliope, and young Harry Collier rattled off its statistics as he took Sharpe through the lavish dining cabin where another eighteen-pounder squatted.”
“The eighteen-pounder leaped back, jerking to a halt as its breeching rope took the vast strain of the weapon's recoil.”
“There were two tables, a sideboard, a deep leather armchair, a couch and a revolving bookcase, though the air of genteel domesticity was somewhat spoiled by the presence of two eighteen-pounder cannons that pointed toward red-painted gunports.”
“The eighteen-pounder, its muzzle blackened by powder, hissed as the barrel was sponged out.”
“Finally he screwed the telescope's mount tight shut, so that the tube could not move, then summoned the gun captain of the battery's eighteen-pounder.”
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