View Full Version : The Wardroom.

02-02-2019, 09:29
This is the place for general discussions about the campaign.

Captain Kiwi
02-24-2019, 06:18
Below is a suggested scenario quite large battle in reality but thought we could tailor it to the main contenders.

The Second Battle of Algeciras (also known as the Battle of the Gut of Gibraltar) was a naval battle fought on the night of 12 July 1801 (23 messidor an IX of the French Republican Calendar) between a squadron of British Royal Navy ships of the line and a larger squadron of ships from the Spanish Navy and French Navy in the Gut of Gibraltar. The battle followed closely the First Battle of Algeciras on 6 July, in which a French squadron anchored at the Spanish port of Algeciras was attacked by a larger British squadron based at nearby Gibraltar. In a heavy engagement fought in calm weather in the close confines of Algeciras Bay, the British force had been becalmed and battered, suffering heavy casualties and losing the 74-gun ship HMS Hannibal. Retiring for repairs, both sides called up reinforcements, the French receiving support first, from the Spanish fleet based at Cadiz, which sent six ships of the line to escort the French squadron to safety.
Arriving at Algeciras on 9 July, the combined squadron was ready to sail again on 12 July, departing Algeciras to the westwards during the evening. The British squadron under Rear-Admiral Sir James Saumarez, having effected its own hasty repairs, set off in pursuit. Finding that his ships were falling behind, Saumarez instructed his captains to separate and attack the combined squadron as best they were able to. The fastest ship was HMS Superb under Captain Richard Goodwin Keats, which sailed through the Spanish rearguard as a moonless night fell. Superb fired on the rearmost ships, setting the 112-gun Real Carlos on fire and capturing the Saint Antoine. Unable to determine friend from foe in the darkness, Real Carlos inadvertently engaged the Spanish ship San Hermenegildo, spreading the fire to its compatriot. Both ships subsequently exploded with enormous loss of life. A second stage of the battle then developed, as HMS Venerable took the lead of the British line, attacking the rearmost French ship Formidable under Captain Amable Troude. In a furious and protracted engagement, Venerable suffered heavy damage and was driven ashore, allowing the remainder of the French force to return to Cadiz without further fighting.
In the aftermath of the action, Venerable was towed off the shoreline and back to Gibraltar for repairs, while the remainder of the British squadron restored the British blockade of the French and Spanish ships in Cadiz, returning the situation to that in place before the battle. This British victory, coming so soon after Saumarez's defeat in Algeciras harbour, did much to restore parity in the region and the heavy casualties inflicted on the Spanish were to contribute to a weakening of the Franco-Spanish alliance which was a contributory factor in the signing of Treaty of Amiens, which brought the war to a temporary halt early the following year. In France, despite the heavy Spanish losses, the battle was celebrated as a victory, with Troude widely praised and promoted for the defence of his ship.

Captain Kiwi.

06-05-2019, 03:38
I was rather hoping for some AARs this year again but we seem to be falling by the wayside. Do please post any completed scenarios you have.

06-09-2019, 09:10
I was rather hoping for some AARs this year again but we seem to be falling by the wayside. Do please post any completed scenarios you have.

I hope to get caught up on the campaign as the summer progresses -- with the end of the academic year, my daughter graduating, and getting her ready to leave for grad school in the UK, its been a really busy time. As June progresses, my time will free up to try to "right the ship" on the campaign game.

06-09-2019, 14:13
Great news Bill. As you may have seen I'm rather up to the neck with builders at present, but I have finished my April scenario, and will post the AAR asap. Then I will have a think about the one for June.

07-12-2019, 02:59
Here is the development of the Captain's cabin so far. Floor down, storage units in and just starting the poainting of the backdrop for the new war games table.




Union Jack
07-23-2019, 14:54
Looking good Rob. SWMBO has informed me that all activities in the Pirate Cave/Aerodrome come all other eras and theaters is to cease forthwith, well until the room is cleared and the walls skimmed and painted (has Karen been talking to the Memsahib perchance?), wont get much if any gaming done at home until after our Canada trip it would seem.

That said I might get a few smallish games in back on the dining table downstairs. As long as they are all done in a day games.


07-23-2019, 16:48
Good to hear from you Neil.
Withdrawal symptoms are now entrenched. No games since we left Prague.
Hopefully to be rectified on Saturday when Captain Kiwi is due over for a game to christen the new table.
Hope you have a great time over in Canada.
See you before too long I trust.

07-28-2019, 14:51
My April AAR is up. Look out for the June Scenario in a few days time.