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Hjl
01-16-2017, 17:49
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The British column had been pursuing the French fleet for the last 3 days. They were slowly catching the French and a fight was inevitable. Rather than allowing the British to catch up and simply rake them into oblivion they decided to turn and fight.

There were three ships of the line in the French column: Generaux, Duguary Tourin, and the might Commerce de Marseilles.
The British fleet consisted of three ships: HMS Defence (Samuel Griffon), HMS Impetueux (Henry Watson), and the first rate HMS Brittania (Hugh Gabriel).

The British captains had their orders from the flag ship, keep in line, double shots, concentrate on the French 1st rate, and give them hell!


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HMS Brittania leeds the way as the French make a slightly clumsy turn to face them.

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The distance closes

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HMS Impetueux follows HMS Brittania maintaining the distance and following the flag ships lead.

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HMS Defence follows HMS Impetueux. The French have almost completed their turn. They are not quite in line, but close enough.

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The guns are loaded and ready to fire, at this range the damage will be devastating. The battle will be decided by the skill of the various crews.

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HMS Brittania and Commerce de Marseilles open fire. The damage to both ships is significant but Admiral Gabriels gambit that he could keep the range short enough to use double shot works. HMS Brittania loses a mast and the crews rush to fix it.

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Commerce de Marseilles takes another double-shotted broadside from HMS Impetueux, the damage is heavy on the french flag ship with leaks and fires all over the ship.

HMS Brittania takes a second broadside, this time from Duguary Tourin.

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HMS Brittanias gun crews reload the guns with double shot in record time, their crews training shows! A hellish broadside smashes into Genereaux causing a great many casualties.

Generaux is no slowch though and fires back at close range destroying utterly HMS Brittanias rudder. The first rate will be almost unmanageable now.

Following up the rear HMS Defence fires its rear guns at the Comerce de Marseille. The french first rate is taking on water too fast and strikes her colors but not before firing back at the Defence and dismasting her.

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The damage so far.

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HMS Brittania is struggling to maintain her heading with no rudder

HMS Defence takes a broadside from Duguary Tourin destroying the mast that the crew had just fixed and causing fires to break out.

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The British ships cut across the French lines opening up with their guns.

Generaux is caught between all three British ships and takes a beating.

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The Generaux pulls up alongside the HMS Defence in a last act of defiance. They exchange musket fire and then board one another. The HMS Defence strikes but it is a meaningless victory and Generaux strikes immediately after.

Duguary Tourin escapes the action as the British busy themselves securing the Commerce de Marseilles and Generaux.

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Butchers bill

HMS Brittania sends a crew over to HMS Defence to take them back to port along with their prizes.


note, forgive spelling punctuation and grammar. I did this in a rush and will proof read it later.

Hjl
01-16-2017, 19:56
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Hjl
01-16-2017, 20:30
HMS Brittania, burden 6, hull 6, crew 8, RTP
HMS Impetueux, burden 5, hull 9, crew 10, RTP
HMS Defence, burden 5, hull 3, crew 0, RTP

Prizes
Commerce de Marseille, burden 6, hull 3, crew 6
Genereaux, burden 5, hull 2, crew 0

Goal Met

Total burden defeated: 11
Total burden lost: 5

Bligh
01-17-2017, 04:42
Nice clean action Hugh. The French got what was coming to them as they made no attempt to maneuver.

Only one comment. I thought that Britannia was a slower sailor than the 74s?

Rob.

Hjl
01-17-2017, 11:16
Only one comment. I thought that Britannia was a slower sailor than the 74s?

Rob.

Your correct ofcourse. Despite asking you specificaly i missed it when i started playing :erk:

Bligh
01-17-2017, 14:17
Don't worry, it happens to us all at some timer or the other Hugh.
I don't expect it altered the outcome. I just did the action myself this afternoon and got the shock of my life.
Rob.

Hjl
01-17-2017, 14:21
I didn't want the game to run for a long time so I went with three ships and hoped luck would hold and I wouldn't end up 50% outnumbered. A larger fleet would certainly mitigate that. 2 vs 3 would have been a very hard battle, especially considering the general superiority of the French ships.

It has been a long time since I've done a line of battle though. I usually tend to go for frigate engagements or a couple of liners.

I enjoyed the change!

Bligh
01-17-2017, 14:32
I was also lucky that I did not draw an extra enemy ship Hugh. Those Spanish are tough, and with Leander in my van as the fastest ship of the five I was on a good hiding to nothing. Playing time was 4.5 hours.
Rob.

Bos'n
01-20-2017, 15:29
This mission has been entered in the spreadsheet.


Congratulations, you were the first this year.

Here's to you, sir!
:beer::drinks::thumbsup::salute::rum::singin::thanks:

Hjl
01-20-2017, 15:37
This mission has been entered in the spreadsheet.


Congratulations, you were the first this year.

Here's to you, sir!
:beer::drinks::thumbsup::salute::rum::singin::thanks:

Thanks for the update!

Bligh
01-20-2017, 16:23
No problem Bob.
Hopefully i will be able to put them in as each one comes up from now on.
Rob.

Bos'n
01-20-2017, 19:09
No problem Bob.
Hopefully i will be able to put them in as each one comes up from now on.
Rob.

Are you talking about the new scenarios or the spreadsheet.

Bligh
01-21-2017, 04:01
The new scenarios! I must have posted this in the wrong section, should have seen that it was the AAR.
Rob.