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    Default AAR: Decembers Solo Mission - For King and Country (2)

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    Decembers Solo Mission – For King and Country

    Sir Henry Bonneville was ill. Yesterday he had took a fever and taken to his bed. He did not even stir when Captain Turner rejoined the fleet en route to attack the French squadron at Praia de Vitoria on Terceira.
    When Captain Trimble, his flag captain, informed him of the outcome Sir Henry could barely groan his displeasure. Sir Henry fell into unconsciousness before he could issue orders. The captain’s conference arranged by Captain Trimble fell into argument after argument.

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    Captain Turner argued that it was pointless taking on the French Squadron as they were hopelessly outnumbered. Captain Trimble pointed out that if Captain Turner hadn’t let the 1st rate and 74 escape the blockade and the bomb vessel was sea worthy, they wouldn’t be ‘hopelessly outnumbered’, as Captain Turner had put it.
    With the bomb vessel out of action and the escape of the French ships it would mean a battle in open water not the action Sir Henry had foreseen. To make matters worse Sir Henry had fallen unconscious again and it fell to the senior captain, Captain Trimble to issue the orders.

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    The squadron would sail line astern of HMS Hastings with HMS Dover 2nd, followed by the 3 74’s and HMS Morpeth bringing up the rear. HMS Dunkirk under Captain Union was to stand off the starboard side of the squadron and act as a repeater. He hoped the combined fire power of the 2 1st rates would engage the first 2 French ships then these could be engaged in turn by the 74’s as they sailed down the line. HMS Morpeth if possible would take the French ships as prizes should they strike.

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    The fleet got underway at noon that day. Early next morning the masthead lookout on HMS Hastings spotted strange sail to the east. It had to be the French and as the wind was from the south both fleets were sailing on a converging course.

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    Both fleets turned at roughly the same time. It would be line against line. Captain Trimble noted that the big French 1st rate led the way followed by an 80 gun ship then the 4 74’s. A fifth 74, presumably the badly damaged one, had pulled out of the line and taken up position to port to act as a repeater he thought.

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    Captain Trimble noted the opposing squadrons would pass port side to port side. So The British would retain the wind gauge.
    “The Frenchman has turned to port sir, he intends to cross our bow” cried Trimble’s 1st officer. He could do nought but sail ahead!

    “Helm to port”. Cried Captain Turner. This unexpected maneuver by the French had nearly caught Captain Turner by surprise. But there was no sea room to starboard of the Flagship he had had no choice!

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    HMS Dover heeled over to port and just missed the stern gallery of HMS Hastings as Hastings and Commerce de Marseilles (118) opened fire. HMS Dover fired on the 2nd French ship as that ship raked HMS Hasting from bow to stern. The British line was in disarray!

    HMS Hastings took a sever mauling from the French ships. The French had done to him what he had proposed to do to the French.

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    The damage to Pluto (80) was minor.

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    Commerce de Marseilles foremast came down heavily, but as a fire started on Commerce de Marseilles a similar fire had started on HMS Hastings. Crew lay scattered around Hastings decks. The helm had been shot away, Captain Trimble was informed that the ship had sprung a leak on the starboard side but the main danger was the fire.

    Captain Turner saw that the flagship was embroiled with Pluto and steered a course around HMS Hastings.

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    Taken aback as she suddenly swung to port as the British line followed. HMS Alnwick (74) raked the Jupiter (74) as her guns came to bare. Commerce de Marseilles could only watch as HMS Alnwick presented her stern but could not fire as she was still reloading!

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    Captain Turner knew he had to brave the fire from the French line, ship after ship. ‘Damn Trimble, his plan has come to nought and it is we who are in harms way!’ He thought to himself. His crew reloading faster than they had ever done before fired another broadside into Jupiter as Alnwick followed suit. The lower gun deck of HMS Hastings added what weight she could, Jupiter was all but wrecked!

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    A fierce boarding action was being fought between Pluto and HMS Hastings when the French lower battery fired and the shot ripped through the bow of HMS Dover. Sir Henry fell, so did Captain Trimble. No officer stood on deck as the ensign fluttered down.

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    “The flagship has struck sir, you are now in command”, the 1st officer on board HMS Dover informed Captain Turner.

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    Commerce de Marseilles had broken free but had taken fire from HMS Bengal and Hyperion she was not about to take fire from a third!

    At the rear of the British line Captain Wright aboard Morpeth looked on in horror as Commerce de Marseilles came into view. Straddled by Hyperions broadside the French reply crashed across Morpeth’s decks causing death and mayhem everywhere.

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    The Frenchman had also fired on the Dunkirk as Captain Union hauled away.

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    The fleets positions, HMS Hastings having struck to Pluto. (TBC)
    Last edited by Union Jack; 11-17-2015 at 07:22.

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    Part 2: A Battle Lost

    HMS Dover ploughed on followed by HMS Alnwick, Bengal and Hyperion. HMS Morpeth badly damaged sailed towards the north and tried to stay out of the battle.

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    Opulent sailing past the rear of HMS Dover fired a well timed stern rake that devastated the newly appointed flagship.

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    Neptune added her broadside to the battle.

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    Broadside after broadside was hurled into Jupiter and with most of her crew wounded or dead struck its colours too. Saturn was heavily damaged as Bengal and Hyperion engaged her as they sailed across her bow. HMS Morpeth now to the stern of Commerce de Marseilles and seeing the big 1st rate afire fired a timely rake into the stern of the large ship. More crew and sails thudded to the deck as the broadside tore through the leviathan. A second fire was too much and the once proud ship slowly sank beneath the waves.

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    HMS Dover had taken too much damage, Captain Turner lay on the deck wounded, possibly dying. Her 1st Officer was lying beside him decapitated. The 2nd Officer ordered the colours hauled down to save further loss of life.

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    On board HMS Alnwick came the terrible news of HMS Dover and that now her newly promoted Captain was in command and HMS Alnwick was now the flagship!

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    HMS Alnwick hoisted engage the enemy closer as her captain called out boarders away as Saturn collided with her starboard side,

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    Saturn’s crew were quickly subdued. Pluto had managed to cut herself away from HMS Hastings and was trying to follow the path of Commerce de Marseilles, straight into the broadside of HMS Morpeth. A bow rake from close quarters caused devastation and mayhem aboard the French flagship.

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    With HMS Alnwick tied to Saturn it befell HMS Bengal and HMS Hyperion to head off Opulent and Neptune as they tried to pass to the southward of the British line.

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    Captain Union ordered the ship about and was sailing to the aid of HMS Morpeth as Neptune and Pluto opened fire.

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    HMS Morpeth hauled down her colours.

    HMS Bengal had cleared the French and was sailing to the east as HMS Hyperion engaged Neptune and was preparing to board Opulent.

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    Captain Turner had regained his feet and ordered his ship back into the fight. No sooner had they raised their colours again when a final broadside smashed into the stern from Neptune. HMS Dover sank with most of her hands. Captain Turner holding onto the wheel, what was left of it, screaming obscenities at the French ship.

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    (The British had now lost both 1st rates with a frigate struck to the enemy. The French had lost a 1st rate and 2 74's struck to the British. The French still had the upper hand in ships and men) TBC
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    A Battle Won!

    Neptune was heading westward and fired a parting broadside into HMS ALnwick as HMS Hyperions battle weary, and nearly defeated, crew finally subdued the opposition on board Opulent. A 3rd French 74 had struck.

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    HMS Bengal had headed off the Pluto and was trading punch for punch. Gradually wearing the 80 gun flagship down. Pltuo tired hull finally gave in to the sea and she slowly slid beneath them to a watery grave.

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    With their ships either tied to French 74’s or to battered to give chase, the remaining British ships heaved to and counted their losses. Ships were taken under tow, prize crews were dispatched and the battered but victorious British fleet headed for port and a long rest.

    The Butchers Bill:
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    The French

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    The British

    The French Squadron:
    Commerce de Marseilles sunk
    Pluto sunk
    Jupiter Prize
    Saturn Prize
    Opulent Prize
    Neptune RTP
    Venus RTP

    The British Squadron:
    HMS Hastings RTP Sir Henry Boneville KIA Captain Trimble KIA
    HMS Dover sunk Captain Turner Severely Wounded -7 scenarios
    HMS Alnwick RTP
    HMS Bengal RTP
    HMS Hyperion RTP
    HMS Morpeth RTP
    HMS Dunkirk RTP
    Last edited by Union Jack; 11-17-2015 at 09:43.

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    A resounding victory in the end Neil.
    Prize money galore.
    Just a matter of bottling up the two remaining Frenchies, and its game on for capturing all those little French islands.
    Rob.

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    A damn near run thing Rob. Thought it was going pear shaped when both British 100 gunners went by the by.

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