The British actually captured the tower at Mortella Point twice; in September 1793 it was taken after two hours' bombardment by HMS Lowestoft. Corsican patriots took over from the French garrison, but eventually lost the tower to the French again. The tower was up-gunned to mount one 6-pounder and two 18-pounder cannon, as again the Royal Navy took on the tower. On Sunday, February 9, 1794, HMS Fortitude (armed with 74 guns) and HMS Juno (32 guns) sailed into San Fiorenzo Bay.
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