While they were endeavouring to get up the harbour, a fire-ship was seen descending directly for the “Torbay.”
A vessel filled with combustibles, but rather for explosion than as a fire-ship.
On the other hand, the ships of his own division do not lose sight of the fire-ship.
There could be no doubt that her intention must be to run aboard the Orpheus, and that she must be a fire-ship.
The first thing I said, as soon as I could speak, was “Damn that fire-ship, and the lubber that set her on fire.”
The other fire-ship had been less calmly and skilfully managed.
The command was given to officers not noble, with the grade of captain of fire-ship.
He ran the enemy aboard to windward, lashed the fire-ship there, and fired the train.
One of his sons, an intrepid spirit, was killed by the explosion of a fire-ship before Tripoli, in which he was a volunteer.
The next two days Mitsos spent in learning the working of the fire-ship.