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reek, two boats, with about 20 men in each, were dispatched for the purpose of capturing the yacht, while she continued to shell the shore for a mile up and down, in order to protect her boats; which, having advanced within 300 yards of the nearest cannon, Capt. Fleet opened fire on them with canister; whereupon they immediately wheeled about and returned with the utmost precipitation to the steamer, which now resumed her fire with redoubled efforts. Capt. Fleet then gave the signal to Lieutenant Hardy to open fire on the steamer with the other two guns, which were at some distance below. This he did with great promptness and effect in the mean time, the small steamer having come to the aid of the large one, they both kept up for some time a furious cannenade. But, after a few well directed fires of our guns, they with drew, amid the repeated cheers of our men. Out of fifteen shots, which were all that were fired at the steamers, the large one was struck three times, and the small o