Sailors were sent ashore to capture the arms landed. In the skirmish, two men, supposed to be filibusters, and a horse were killed. They secured several abandoned cases of cartridges. A body of insurgents had come to watch the landing of the boat's crew. The 'Mensagera' came to Havana with the arms and prisoners, who were very seasick.
Here is the story of the capture of an expedition, by Commander Butron, of the Spanish gunboat "Mensagera": "The 'Mensagera' was directed to watch the coast between Cayo Julia and Morrillo, about one hundred miles. It was heard on the afternoon of April 25 that a suspicious schooner had been seen near Quebrados de TJvas.
The gunboat followed, and found the 'Competitor. The usual signals were made, but the schooner tried to get closer in shore, so as to land a rapid-fire gun. "The 'Mensagera' was then moved forward and fired a shot, which struck the schooner and exploded a box of cartridges which the men were trying to take ashore.