We now began to fire on the headmost ships of the enemy, which were coming on towards us.
The headmost vessel is a merchantman; by the cut of her canvas, I should say she was English.
This arrangement was made as we pulled towards the headmost prahu.
The headmost boat is within ten fathoms of the fish—I am sure it will be ours.
As the headmost boats neared the fort the fire became hotter.
The brig, which was the headmost of the two vessels, was now nearly crossing our stern.
The headmost ship proved a two-decker of at least fifty guns.
The headmost of the boats was smashed, and was a wreck on the bay.
Every oar was most vigorously plied, and in a few minutes the headmost boat was greeted with "Boat ahoy!"
Though he endeavoured to near them, he intended not to make any attack until the Defiance had got abreast of the headmost.