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It was then that Rodney drew his whistle from his pocket and gave three loud blasts upon it. He waited another moment and blew another three, in case Gadstone could not hear him above the frenzied row on the beach. And yet he was sure the little band must have seen the Santa Perpetua moving.
On shore there came a sudden shout, a different sound from all the rest. Someone was pointing towards the ship ; another and yet another finger came out in their direction, and men were running down to the water's edge, shouting and gesticulating. At that moment there was a flash and an explosion behind them. Rodney grinned to himself. Despite all his instructions to the contrary, he had guessed that young Gadstone would not be able to forbear letting off his fire bombs.
It was quite unnecessary and strictly against his orders, but he knew that those long hours of waiting in the darkness must have been very trying to Master Gadstone's exuberance ; but he and his men would be legging it back to the Sea Hawk. They would be in time to catch her before she sailed.
The fire bombs, as Rodney had expected, had added to the confusion on :he shore. Looking back over his shoulder, he saw that the Indians were still playing their allotted part. The natives were running about screaming ; the Spaniards, bemused, drunk and completely taken by surprise, had not the slightest idea what they should do.
The Santa Perpetua was out of the bay by this time and breasting the open sea. Topsails and spritsails were quickly set. But there was no hurry. Although some of the Spaniards were hurrying into the boats lying on the shore, Rodney knew they had no chance of catching up with the ship and they would soon give up the chase once they found themselves afloat in the darkness.
He set his course south. It would not be long, he reckoned, before the Sea Hawk came to join him and then they would sail towards the Darien coast.
The Santa Perpetua was big and heavy and yet Rodney found her easy to handle. It was many years since he had been at the tiller and it gave him almost a sensuous thrill to caress the smooth length of wood with his hands, to feel the ship respond to his slightest touch. There was the sweet music of the breeze

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in the rigging and the lapping of the waves against the side as they moved forward into the star-strewn darkness.
Rodney threw back his head and let the air out of his lungs. They had done it! He could hardly believe it was true, but they had done it! The Santa Perpetua was theirs. He had captured her just as he planned without the loss of one man; he had captured her for England and for-Gloriana!

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