As he looked anxiously out for the pierheads at Ostend, breakers suddenly loomed up on the starboard bow, and before the ship could turn she was ashore.
The " Otranto " asked if she was to keep out of range, and not getting a clear reply drew out of line on the " Glasgow's " starboard quarter, a potent reminder that a ship that has no guns to fight and no speed to run away is a delusion and a snare.
The English, who constituted the centre and rear, stood out on the starboard tack.
Bonham Carter went full speed ahead with the starboard engine and full speed astern with the port to turn her round.
She had sheered off to starboard about 7:15 P.M., and the " Glasgow," which continued to follow in the wake of the " Good Hope," had to ease down to avoid masking her fire.