Captain Lawrence realised that his ship's speed would take it past Shannon and ordered a 'pilot's luff '.  This was a small and brief turn to windward which would make the sails shiver and reduce the ship's speed. Just after Chesapeake began this limited turn away from Shannon , she had her means of manoeuvring entirely disabled as a second round of accurate British fire caused more losses, most critically to the men and officers manning Chesapeake ' s quarterdeck. Here the helmsmen were killed by a 9-pounder gun that Broke had ordered installed on the quarter deck for that very purpose, and the same gun shortly afterwards shot away the wheel itself.  Surviving American gun crews did land hits on Shannon in their second round of fire, especially American carronade fire which swept Shannon ' s forecastle, killing three men, wounding others and disabling Shannon ' s nine pounder bow gun  while one round shot demolished Shannon ' s ship's bell.