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CHAPTER TWO - THE CARGO OF RICE

was on its way he filled his main-topsail again and hurried off after the next victim. The brig they were pursuing at the moment was slow to surrender. The long nine-pounders in the Indefatigable's bows bellowed out more than once; on that heaving sea it was not so easy to aim accurately and the brig continued on her course hoping for some miracle to save her.
`Very well,' snapped Pellew. `He has asked for it. Let him have it.'
The gunlayers at the bow chasers changed their point of aim, firing at the ship instead of across her bows.
`Not into the hull, damn it,' shouted Pellew - one shot had struck the brig perilously close to her waterline. `Cripple her.'
The next shot by luck or by judgement was given better elevation. The slings of the foretopsail yard were shot away, the reefed sail came down, the yard hanging lopsidedly, and the brig came up into the wind for the Indefatigable to heave to close beside her, her broadside ready to fire into her. Under that threat her flag came down.
`What brig's that?' shouted Pellew through his megaphone.
`Marie Galante of Bordeaux,' translated the officer beside Pellew as the French captain made reply. `Twenty-four days out from New Orleans with rice.'
`Rice I' said Pellew. `That'll sell for a pretty penny when we get her home. Two hundred tons, I should say. Twelve of a crew at most. She'll need a prize-crew of four, a midshipman's command.'
He looked round him as though for inspiration before giving his next order.
`Mx Hornblower!'
`Sir!'
'Take four men of the cutter's crew and board that brig. Mr Soames will give you our position. Take her into any English port you can make, and report there for orders.'
`Aye aye, sir.'
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