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CHAPTER SEVEN - THE SPANISH GALLEYS

had first made the galleys' acquaintance, as well as to th stench which the galleys trailed after them. He had neve known this feeling of personal hatred before; when previousl he had fought it had been as a servant of the King, not out o personal animosity. Yet here he was gripping the tiller unde the scorching sky and leaning forward in his eagerness to b at actual grips with his enemy.
The longboat and cutter had a long start of them, and eve though they were manned by crews who had already served a spell at the oars they were skimming over the water at such a speed that the jolly boat with all the advantage of the glassysmooth water only slowly caught up to them. Overside the sea was of the bluest, deepest blue until the oar blades churned it white. Ahead of them the vessels of the convoy lay scattered where the sudden calm had caught them, and just beyond them Hornblower caught sight of the flash of oar blades as the galleys came sweeping down on their prey. Longboat and cutter were diverging in an endeavour to cover as many vessels as possible, and the gig was still far astern. There would hardly be time to board a ship even if Hornblower should wish to. He put the tiller over to incline his course after the cutter; one of the galleys at that moment abruptly made its appearance in the gap between two of the merchant ships. Hornblower saw the cutter swing round to point her six-pounder carronade at the advancing bows.
`Pull, you men! Pull!' he shrieked mad with excitement.
He could not imagine what was going to happen, but he wanted to be in the fray. That six-pounder popgun was grossly inaccurate at any range longer than musket shot. It would serve to hurl a mass of grape into a crowd of men, but its ball would have small effect on the strengthened bows of war galley.
`Pull!' shrieked Hornblower again. He was nearly up to them, wide on the cutter's quarter.
The carronade boomed out. Hornblower thought he saw the splinters fly from the galley's bow, but the shot had no

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