A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 06 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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and was wrecked in the road.  On board were fifteen men belonging to the large gallies, together with the admiral, and sixty sailors with many galley-slaves.  The 13th, the fleet removed from the west to the east side of Diu, where they anchored two miles from the castle; but during this change of position, the cannon of the fortress sunk one galley and broke the main-yard of another.  On the 15th, the Pacha removed from the maon where he resided hitherto into his half galley, but ordered a white sail to be taken from another galley, his own being distinguished by colours.  The reason of this was that he expected the Portuguese fleet, and did not wish they should know what ship he was in.  Being also afraid of the shot he caused a great ring of cables and such things to be formed on the poop, sufficient to repel cannon-shot, for he was fearful and cowardly.  He likewise ordered all the Christians to be put in irons.  On the 17th, being the eve of St Luke, he caused the head of one of the people belonging to the Venetian gallies to be cut off, merely for saying, the signory of Venice is not dead.

On the 22d the Pacha gave out in orders to the gunners on shore, about 400 in number, some of whom were slain daily, that whoever shot down the great standard of the castle should have a reward of 1000 maydins and receive his freedom.  This was chiefly occasioned by a desire of revenge, as his own standard had been given to the Portuguese by a Sanjak.  Upon this, one of these Christian gunners at the third shot broke down the standard, which stood on the top of a great tower, on which the Turks made great rejoicings and published the news with much exultation throughout the fleet.  The gunner was rewarded with a silken vest.

The artillery belonging to the Turks was planted against the castle all in one line, but in six separate batteries.  In the first was an iron culverine carrying a ball of 150 pounds, and a paderero of 200 pounds.  At a small distance was an iron passe-volant of 16 pounds, which discharged cartridge shot.  In another place was a paderero of 300 pounds, and a culverine of 150; and in this second post was a passe-volant like the former, both belonging to the great gallies.  In another place was an iron saker of 12 pounds, a small cannon of 16 pounds, a falcon of 6 pounds, and a mortar throwing a ball of 400 pounds.  In another post was a culverine of 100 pounds.  By this prodigious train of artillery, the Turks had battered down one tower, so that they could easily mount the breach, the tower not being very high, and the ditch not having been dug to a sufficient depth:  But as fast as the Turks ruined the defences of this tower, the besieged repaired the breach as well as they could with earth and rubbish.  It must also be observed that this fortress had no flanks; and being built upon a rock, they had made no casemates, only erecting embrasures on the top of the wall, which were all ruined and shaken.  The main safety of the besieged consisted in their bravery.  Every day fifteen or twenty of them used to sally forth like so many furious lions, killing all they met, which struck such terror into the Turkish soldiers that they fled in confusion as soon as they saw the Portuguese.

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