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Fortunately I escaped uninjured, notwithstanding the shot and splinters flew thick approximately me in the course of the complete struggle. in the direction of the latter a part of it my grasp was once wounded, and that i observed him carried all the way down to the doctor; yet, notwithstanding i used to be a lot alarmed for him, and needed to help him, I dared now not depart my publish. At this station my gun-mate (a associate in bringing powder for a similar gun) and that i ran a truly nice chance for greater than part an hour of blowing up the send. For, once we had taken the cartridges out of the packing containers, the bottoms of a lot of them proving rotten, the powder ran all in regards to the deck, close to the match-tub: we scarcely had water adequate on the final to throw on it. We have been additionally, from our employment, greatly uncovered to the enemy’s photographs; for we needed to wade through approximately the entire size of the send to convey the powder. I anticipated for that reason each minute to be my final; specifically while I observed our males fall so thick approximately me; yet, wishing to protect as a lot opposed to the hazards as attainable, firstly i presumed it might be most secure to not opt for the powder until the Frenchmen had fired their broadside; after which, whereas they have been charging, i may cross and are available with my powder: yet instantly afterwards i presumed this warning was once fruitless; and, cheering myself with the mirrored image that there has been a time dispensed for me to die in addition to to be born, I immediately get rid of all worry or concept no matter what of loss of life, and went throughout the entire of my responsibility with alacrity, wonderful myself with the desire, if I survived the conflict, of pertaining to it and the risks I had escaped to the omit Guerins, and others, while I may still go back to London. Our send suffered greatly during this engagement; for, in addition to the variety of our killed and wounded, she was once nearly torn to items, and our rigging rather a lot shattered, that our mizen-mast, main-yard, &c. hung over the facet of the send; in order that we have been obliged to get many carpenters and others, from a number of the ships of the fleet, to help in surroundings us in a few tolerable order; and, even though which, it took us your time prior to we have been thoroughly refitted; and then we left Admiral Broderick to command, and we, with the prizes, advised for England. at the passage, and once my grasp was once whatever recovered of his wounds, the Admiral appointed him captain of the Aetna fireship, on which he and that i left the Namur, and went on board of her at sea. I cherished this small send a great deal. I now grew to become the captain’s steward, during which scenario i used to be more than happy, for i used to be tremendous good taken care of by way of all on board, and that i had rest to enhance myself in interpreting and writing. The latter I had realized a bit sooner than I left the Namur, as there has been a college on board. once we arrived at Spithead, the Aetna went into Portsmouth harbour to refit, which being performed, we again to Spithead, and joined a wide fleet that used to be regarded as meant opposed to the Havannah. yet approximately that point the king died; even if that avoided the day trip i do know now not; however it brought on our send to be stationed at Cowes, within the Isle of Wight, until the start of the 12 months sixty-one.