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CHAPTER FIVE

It was then he looked at the sky! Dusk was falling with the swiftness which in the Tropics turns a sunlit, cloudless day suddenly into night. It was their one hope, as he well knew. The darkness would cover their retreat and they might lose the Spaniards before the dawn.
The lugger was being left behind on the starboard bow. She, too, had given chase, maybe in response to signals from the carrack, or perhaps she was not a pearling ship as he had at first suspected but one of the guarda costas which the Spaniards had creeping along the coast for just such an occasion as this.
The breeze suddenly wavered and then renewed itself. Rodney watched the carrack to see if she too received the check. In the tropical waters one ship can have a fair wind while another only a few miles away can lie becalmed. Rodney began to be afraid that the wind would die away on him completely, but the Sea Hawk kept steady on her course while the carrack, with her greater breadth of sail, drew nearer and nearer.
And then, as he watched, he suddenly saw a disc of white appear on the side of the carrack. The disc spread and became a small cloud and six seconds after its appearance the dull thud of a shot reached his ears.
" They'll be carrying two devils from hell aft on the quarterdeck," Barlow muttered.
There was another burst of smoke from the Spanish ship and this time a spout of water rose from the crest of a wave a little to the starboard of the Sea Hawk. Rodney called Baxter to him.
" See what we can do with our culverins."
Baxter bawled the order, but the Master Gunner shook his head doubtfully as he eyed the distance between the two ships. A cannon aft was sighted. He measured out the powder charge on the fullest scale, he trained the gun again and then stood, a length of smouldering match in hand, watching the heave of the ship. Suddenly he set the match to the touch-hole, jerked the lanyard and the cannon roared out.
" Three cables short of her," yelled a voice from the foretop.
The Spanish ship was firing fast now. There was a sudden, splintering crash and a hole appeared in the quarter-deck

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