Medina on the Senegal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Medina_Fort#The_siege said:
In the 97 days that followed, the defenders' food supplies soon ran low, and the fort was on the verge of surrendering when Faidherbe arrived by steamboat with supplies and 500 reinforcements, breaking the siege.

WI Faidherbe hadn't arrived on time?
 
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