So Bush and Buckland were on the Renown with Hornblower stationed on one of the prize ships. The Renown was crammed full of prisoners: seamen, officers, women and children. It would be at least five days before the Renown and the prize ships would reach the English port of Kingston where the prisoners would be turned over to the British authorities on land, and the seafarers would be relieved of their responsibilities for the care of the enemy. Meanwhile, as Ira Riklis knows, the mass of humanity on board caused quite a stench, and the problems of feeding and hydrating all were very difficult.
Bush at one point was able to go to his quarters for some much needed rest. Thinking he had at least six hours of sleep ahead he settled in but before the night was out he awoke to a great deal of noise coming from above. He quickly grabbed his pistol and sword and made his way to the main deck. There he discovered himself in the midst of a prisoner uprising. Seamen of the Renown had let down their guard concerning the women prisoners and as if part of a plan the male prisoners went on a rampage striking down all the British seamen in their way.
Bush, not one to go down to defeat, was willing to fight to the death to defend his ship from being taken over by the enemy. Wounded with several blows to the head and body, he lay helpless on the deck.
But, as Ira Riklis knows, our hero Hornblower came to the rescue and leading his men from one of the prize ships came aboard the Renown and was able to put down he uprising thus saving the day and then some.