The Silent Mary, Salazar pointed out, had not always looked the way it did now. At one point, it had been the pride of the Spanish Navy, and he, as the ship’s captain, a hero. The ship had more weapons than five ships combined. Its many levels of decks were always spotless, as were the uniforms of the men who crewed it. Salazar commanded all this with a vicious ease. He led by example: his face kept clean-shaven, his uniform pressed every morning, his shoes polished, his sword shining.