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    Default My attempt at a kind of 'mini Nile'

    Four french MoW anchored near a coast with support from a couple of forts. Each French ship has the first two crew damage boxes filled to represent the crew that have gone ashore.
    French ships are, from left to right
    Commerce De Bordeaux 74
    Bucentaure 80
    Orient 120
    Ville De Varsovie 80

    The English ships in order are
    HMS Vanguard 74
    HMS Royal George 100
    HMS Africa 64
    And waiting to get on the board, HMS Spartiate

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    The wind stays constant and the English two deckers shorten sail to maintain station. All ships turn slightly to port in an attempt to direct fire on the rearmost French ship. However they will be exposing themselves to raking fire from the fort if they are not careful
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    Would you like me to rotate your image Steve?

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Please let us know how the battle finished, Steve.

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    The English squadron draws nearer and because their ships do not have the broadside weight of the French and because the Admiral does not wish his ships to be exposed to an initial double shot French broadside the lead ship turns to run parallel with the
    French ships and engage them at long range. As it happens the French ships have single shot loaded and the first shots from the VdeV are very poorly aimed (I believe I am correct in that a raking shot may only be applied if the target ship is within the centre firing arc of the firing ship and the ruler passes through the front or rear of the target ships base?)
    The wind has veered and is now even more favourable for the English
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    You certainly got away very well from that first volley from the lead French ship Steve. The real attack did not do quite that well. placing of thev line of approach can be very telling. I await your next maneuver with interest.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The English have a cautious Admiral.

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    Do you think so Dave? Or could he be a crafty Admiral?
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Right so now we have cautious, crafty, and curious Admirals.
    How about cantankerous Sven?
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Yes, why not?

    Cap.: "Sir, don't we attack now?"

    Adm.: "Now move at least a little out of the sun and count cannonballs, Captain."

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    What the hell does Vice Admiral Nelson think he is doing. His whole squadron are making sail and steering toward the French line! He is countermanding my orders.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    It's the Nile and not Copenhagen, sir.

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    Maybe there is method in his apparent madness.

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    Just answering Sven's joke, and continuing the theme of C words like Texas very cleverly spotting the next C connection Copenhagen, conspiratorially. Incidentally that was not the only battle where Nelson contravened his orders controversially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Just answering Sven's joke, and continuing the theme of C words like Texas very cleverly spotting the next C connection Copenhagen, conspiratorially. Incidentally that was not the only battle where Nelson contravened his orders controversially.
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    Clashing with his contemporaries?

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    By Christopher Columbus, I think you have it Dobbs.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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