The ships were disabled, and forced to retire with great loss of life. The troops maintained their attack for a considerable time without success. Finally a lucky shot started a fire in the tower, which forced the soldiers inside to surrender. The English were amazed to find only thirty-three men inside, with only three cannons.
They are all similar, being built of solid stone, usually granite. The walls are nine feet thick. Each tower has a guardroom and an ammunition store. There is a platform on top, on which three cannons were placed. The entrance to the tower is through a door, which was usually between ten and fifteen feet from the ground. Each tower was built in a position where one could see the two towers on either side. The invasion that the British feared never happened.
Published here: November 2002