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A version of the de Noailles story based on primary sources can be found in a book by Jan Pachonski and Reuel Wilson entitled Poland's Caribbean Tragedy -- A Study of Polish Legions in the Haitian War of Independence (Boulder, CO. 1986), pp. 271-272. In this version, the British ship is identified from Admiralty records as the Hazard, an 18 gun corvette under the command of Captain Hugh Cameron. According to the memoirs of a Polish officer who was involved in the exploit, de Noailles in the 20 gun sloop Courrier used his excellent command of English to fool Cameron into thinking the Courrier was a British ship, then under cover of darkness boarded the Hazard with 20 Poles and 15 Grenadiers of the 31st Demi-brigade who seized the ship after a 15 minute struggle. The Hazard was renamed the L'Isle de Cuba. Surprisingly, this work does not mention anything about the subsequent treatment of de Noailles' heart.

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