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The Spaniards at that time sent out a new governor to Cartagena, and with him a reinforcement of over a thousand men. The troops were in five ships of the Caracas company, of which two mounted 40, two 30, and the fifth 12 guns. The squadron was dispersed by a hurricane, and two of the ships were lost, while the others, one of the 40's and both the 30's, fell in on April 12th, 1742, with the Eltham, 40, Captain Edward Smith, and the Lively, 20, Commander Henry Stewart.
|British Ships, Edward Smith (d.1743)|
|Name : Eltham (40)||Edward Smith (d.1743)||Fleet Flagship|
|Name : Lively (20)||Henry Swaysland (d.1757)|
|Ships of the Caracas Company (1x40, 2 x30)|
After some hours' hard fighting, night ended the engagement, and the Spaniards bore up for Puerto Rico. As they had lost in killed and wounded some six hundred men, including the new governor among the former, it may be said that the reinforcement had been practically annihilated.