I’ve been reading Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series. I just finished The Far Side of the World and started The Reverse of the Medal. In Treason’s Harbour Jack had a Lt Rowan on board and in the beginning of The Far Side of the World, Lt. Rowan had been sent in one of the ship’s cutters to track down the flagship. He never rejoins the Surpise before she leaves Gibraltar heded toward the far side of the world. Now, in Chapter One of The Reverse of the Medal, Surprise has just come into the West Indies with a prize in tow. They have barely been anchored long enough for Jack to have reported to the Admiral. Stephan meets Sam on shore and directly brings him aboard Surprise and says:
Now I’ve made it to Chapter Four and Lt. Rowan has not been mentioned since. When and where and how the hell did Rowan make it back to the Surprise?