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His Majesty's Sloop Port Mahon SIR, June 26, 1806.
Spanish Armed Brig was yesterday chased by His Majesty's Sloop Port Mahon under my command, into the intricate Harbour of Banes, which is defended by a high Tower mounted with 2 heavy guns. At 9 in the evening the boats were dispatched under the command of Lieutenant John Marshall, assisted by Lieutenant Wray and Mr. John Robson, Gunner, to get her out. This morning at 1 she was boarded under a heavy fire of great guns and small arms from the veffel and battery, to which she was moored by a line and carried. .Much difficulty attended getting her out, as she grounded within pistol-shot of the battery, from which several shots struck her. She proves to be the Spanish Letter of Marque St. Joseph, armed with 1 long 18-pounder on a pivot amidships, 4 12-pound Carronades, and 2 4-pounders, with swivels, pikes, and musquetry and 30 men, who were on deck to receive the boats ; from Havannah, bound to Campechy, with brandy, dry goods, &c. It is very gratifying for me to add, that although several of the oars were broke, and boats damaged by shot while rowing to the attack, yet not a mMan was hurt. ... I hope, Sir, you will conceive that the capture of this vessel, situated and defended as above recited, was fully adequate to the force employed, and that it reflects great credit on Lieutenant Marshall, the Officers and Seamen employed. .
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