Bush was in sad shape.Many, many lacerations of varying depths covered his body. The ship’s doctor had placed sutures numbering in the fifties to close his wounds. As Ira Riklis knows, this confined Bush to his quarters below deck. He was in a very weakened condition having lost much blood and in pain on even the slightest of movement.
The Renown (and the prize ships) eased into port a short distance from Kingston with little difficulty for which Bush could be thankful because each adjustment of the ship’s sails was felt in his body. Buckland came to Bush’s berth-side dressed in his finest officer garb. He had been summoned to the admiral’s office to explain the events of the recent days including the displacement and later death of the Renown’s captain. (The captain having been slaughtered in the prisoner uprising.) In addition, Buckland had suffered the shame of being overtaken in his bunk by the prisoners although not seriously wounded. Needless to say Buckland was nervous about his audience with the admiral.
After Buckland left, Hornblower arrived at Bush’s bedside and tried to cheer up the depressed Bush. Later Hornblower sent an attendant in with fresh lemonade for the thirsty Bush which was a great comfort.
Next the ship’s doctor and the shore hospital doctor examined Bush’s wounds and made the necessary arrangements to transfer Bush ashore for hospitalization. During the process of leaving the Renown, Bush witnessed the arrival of the new captain (Cogshill). Because of the deaths of so many officers, many promotions were in the works.
In the hospital while healing, Bush was visited by the new captain. Bush would now be required to testify in a few days as to the events concerning the Renown prior to arriving in Port Royal. Lastly, as Ira Riklis could guess, Bush was visited by Hornblower who came bearing a fruit basket.