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The Spanish has attacked the port of Grindstone, whilst their russian allies attacked the port of Fajardo. Denmark-Norways admiralty decided to focus all fleet squadrons on the port of Fajardo in an attempt to prevent the russians from taking yet another foothold in close proximity to Christiansted. This prioritization of the limited danish-norwegian warships in the carribean meant that we basically left the british population of Grindstone to experience a new invasion, this time from spanish tercios.. The russians didn't launch their invasion and the spanish hardly had a difficult time.. Rumours of pillaging and rapes on the inhabitants of Grindstone has come in these last few days.. After the russians failed to show at Fajardo the danish-norwegian admiralty decided to seek to retake Guyama.. The battles for the port proved both costly and inconclusive. The russians still has a stranglehold on the port and the danish-norwegian fleet is still building up forces for yet another invasion of southern Puerto Rico. The swedish fleet under the command of Admiral Rediii was sent to take the port of Cartagena de Indias. Their fleet succeded and at the same day the pirates launched a surprise attack against the port of Somerset.. Both ports were taken and the russian empire has suffered some humiliating defeats and difficult setbacks. Denmark-Norway however is still licking its wounds from the latest battles and the loss of Grindstone.
Captains log, 15th of February 1765
Port of Guyama Sevilla
Orders has come in. The danish-norwegian privateers has been busy harrassing british shippings around Jamaica, but we've now been tasked to take the port of Cayman Brac from their spanish overlords. Preparations has been made in secret and the danish-norwegian admiralty hopes to take the port in a surprise attack. The swedish kungliga marine has been asked to send a contingent of captains to the port for support though and Denmark-Norway has lately experienced a number of new recruits. The belief of the admiralty is that the spanish is informed of the invasion, either through spies or simply by observing the sudden influx of cargo ships, warships and marines to the port of Guyama Sevilla and we believe the port will be defended.
I have been given command of the 64-gun "Glædespigen fra Skælskør", a 4th rate with questionable steering and even worse sailing characteristics.. I have not been pleased with her in her maiden voyage. She does come complimented with 550 sailors from one of the hardest fleets in the carribean and I have full confidence they will see the battle through, even if the ships quality is lacking.
We sailed in the middle of night, just after the 4th bell and set a course of the Caymans, with good winds we reached the islands in morning and other than a few russian warships there were very little spanish opposition. When we entered the port the spanish fleet set sail to meet us and we were targetted by the forts along the coast. We had dragged two mortar brigs with us and set them up to shoot at the small fortifacations on the eastern side of the island while the danish-norwegian fleet formed a battleline. Two danish captains 0TimeLefT and Jesper Dahl were in light frigates and were ordered to cover the landing of troops on either side of the port while the battlefleet edged closer to the spanish armada. The spanish armada consisted of heavier ships than the danish-norwegian, we had several smaller 4th rate ships of the line, 7 to be exact, one frigate of the endymion class and two light frigates - besides the mortars that were hammering the coastal fortifications. The spanish fleet consisted of two 2nd rates and six 4th rates so a slightly smaller squadron but with a heavier punch. The plan was to engage the enemy battlefleet while covering for the two mortars while they softened up the harbour and the light frigates covered the landing of troops. A simple plan, but an effective one. The spanish armada steered their ships straight for our battlefleet with the wind to the leeway and we quickly saw the lines entangled - if you could call them lines. Captain DarkJoker managed to board a spanish 4th rate in the opening of the battle whilst a few of the spanish 4th rates were heavily damaged. The spanish 2nd rates however took their toll as they relentlessly pounded our fleet. Darkjoker pulled through however as he managed to slay the enemy captain and scuttle the enemy ship.
After that the superiority of numbers in our battlefleet slowly but surely whittled down the enemy fleet, we had a hard fight on the eastern side of the harbour and the danish-norwegian fleet cought a break when a few spanish ships broke their line to pursue myself on the "Glædespigen fra Skælskør", my ship had been severely damaged in the fight and I was running in the hope of getting repairs done before the ship would become incapacitated. The spanish however kept pounding on my ship and shortly after the 2nd bell I ordered her colours to be struck and the crew to abandon her. The spanish captains however now found themselves leagues from their lines and our battlefleet were pounding the remainder of the spanish squadron into submission. Several spanish ships were either boarded and captured or battered into submission. The spanish morale finally broke when one of their 2nd rates sank and we now had free access to the port of Cayman Brac. Further plans to expand the holding in the south of the cuban islands has been made and today we will invade the port of Misteriosa. An ominous name and a decent spot for future expanses of the two kingdoms!
15th of February, 1765
Recently returned to the port of Guyama Sevilla
Aboard the "Beskøjten", captained by Captain McKnight who were kind enough to pull me and the remainder of my crew out of the waters after the battle.
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The frame is made of one wood, commonly a tough, dense wood which is resistant to rot. Some use cheaper woods, oversized to obtain the same stiffness (and similar weight) to the more common woods.
The outer planking is a wood type commonly chosen for toughness and resistance to rot. Can be different below and above the waterline.
Inner planking varies more. It can have differences below and 'between and above' the ports on each gun deck, and in the Orlop and Hold.
Masts, spars and yards are typically made from low density timbers.
For a typical English built ship these would be;
Outerplanking, Oak above, Elm or Oak below the waterline.
Inner planking, Oak in the hold and below each port. Fir between and above the ports.
Decks, pine or fir.
Masts, spars and yards. Spruce, Fir, Birch or Poplar, with Baltic Spruce preferred. Light weight was essential to retain even the indifferent range of stability of a ship, and dimensions were as thin as possible and tapered consistent with carrying of the necessary canvas until typical conditions.
As far as I know, only the Fir-built ships, and the US heavy frigates differed substantially from this formula (with the possible substitution of Teak or Mahogany for the Oak framing and outer planking in Indian and Carribean built vessels). The Fir ships have larger timbers, replacing much of the Oak from the standard design of the same type, and the US frigates use Live Oak for the frame alone.
Penetration into Oak, 12lb 4" shot, 734ft/s 22"
Into Elm, ditto, 29"
Into Fir/Birch, ditto, 40"
Into Poplar, ditto, 43"
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After a decent day's PvPing up around Danish/Swedish waters (three engagements, three kills), a small Swedish squadron decided to come out and do something about the Conny in their waters.
Comprised of a Buc, and two Frigates, the Swedes refused to get careless, and as such, I was not able to obtain an advantage. For an hour-and-a-half, we played the Chain Game; me running downwind, and them unable get a good shot at me. Four minutes from the end of the battle timer, the two well-handled frigates made an attempt at boarding me, which I narrowly avoided. At three minutes remaining, they decided to just finish off one side of my ship. I started taking water at 2:30, and after drawing them against wend (to prevent boarding) I dropped sails and hoped my pump to last. As you can see, it barely did.
Thanks to [SAAA]Tord Torskfejs (Buc), [SAAA]Ramn (Frig), and [SAAA]Gunnar Grogg (Frig) for the crazy fight.
Also, I did manage to kill a Trinco by his own fort, so that was cool.
Kill/capture for today:
- 3 heavy frigates
Boarding Attempt Escape
Constitution 1 (kill 1) Constitution 2 (kill 2) Fort's Friendly Fire (kill 3)
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02:30 - Engagement - Contoy - WON - Sent the Trincomallee of the british captain named [sLRN]Bloodthirsty to the bottom of the sea while beeing in my Renommee together with two unexperienced captains (NPC) in a Surprise and a Cutter. When I joined the battle the Surprise was allready nearly dead and the british captain immediatly went on the run, when he saw me closing.
03:15 - Engagement - Open Sea - DRAW - Was chased by a big bunch of [sLRN] captains. I was able to flee, due to sail handling skills of my crew.
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Captain's Log - Day 1 - In Fort Royal, Martinique
Sailing from Fort Royal on the 12 gun cutter L'Albatros, we spotted a battle not far out of the harbor. Joining battle, we found 6 of our comrades in cutters battling against a British Trader Brig, Brig, and a Cutter. Other comrades joined shortly after to assist.
Sighting the Trader's Brig attempting to escape the battle, we gave chase. Another of our comrades drew his cutter alongside the Trader's Brig, but he moved to close and the Trader pulled him alongside her. The Trader's Brig killed many of his crew in boarding action while we watched helplessly from afar. Luckily, our comrade disengaged before he could be taken. As the Trader made to continue his escape, we came alongside and maintained distance while tearing thier rigging apart. We then blasted her hull with shot, and finally boarded her. By the time we finished off the last of the Trader crew, our comrades were nearing after successfully sinking the other two British ships. Unfortunately, the Trader Brig sank before we could fully capture her.
After the battle we sailed south towards Marin, and laid anchor near the harbor.
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Captain’s Log entry 18.11.1700
Took on an enterprise to purchase 50 bales of American Cotton, I have been offered the price of 500 per unit for a total of 25k. So I’ll take a fast ship for this journey.
I have just arrived at Cao Biscayno. On the 24th day of November after Departing from La Tortue. I have also taken the
opportunity to explore along the way, without taking a major detours, to chart the harbors and ports. I have taken on board a cartographer in my employ for this task. The ships provedore has been tasked with recording the goods on offer and goods required by the ports. Offering prices are not what one would expect. No bargains to be had in the supply of general food goods, all the essential good for keeping a Harbour town alive and running. Gun powder, light arms, tools, clothing, grain, corn, no demand or supply of these goods. One would have thought that salt and fish would have been on offer at the port side markets of the Bahamas Islands. Trade is very scars, and seems that these communities are just surviving.
After leaving the harbor on the 25th Nov from Cao Biscayno the ship’s crew are eager to engaged battle with a French trade cutter. Unfortunately the ship sunk. A small chest was recovered containing 3600 Gold. This keeps the ship’s crew spirits up. No floating cargo was recovered nor any survivors.
Two days sailing which included the engagement with the French trade cutter, after leaving Cao Biscayno we arrived at 2010 on the 27th Nov in the port of Rio Seco.
Depart on the tide early hours of the morning of the 30th Nov at 0215 after two days being docked for repairs. No provisions available.
Weather is reasonably good and clear. We head further up the coast with a head wind, North westerly, in search of a town that supplies this American Cotton.
Next stop over is the Port Town by name of Jobe. Neutral Port. Nothing of great importance other than there is a contract for Gold at the sell price of 198. Small profit to be made. It’s now the 1st of December.
Depart midday, wind in the SE, good cursing wind. Shipping lanes are starting to become more active.
Short journey to the coastal port of Ays. Spanish. Taking on board stores and water. Depart on the tide at midnight. 2nd Dec , Wind from NE-E good speed at 28kns making good progress.
Arrived 3rd Dec 1600 in San Sabastian short stop over to check out the markets, departed with a headwind N. making 3 Kn.
15 day since we left La Tortua.
Arrive at Nueva Smyrna, it’s now the 5th December, 0720am (17 days) in heavy fog, out of the fog came the ghostly appearance of a trade snow, sails draped dead, lifeless, slowly making its way in calm waters to the docks, making 1Kn, the winds have been against us this trip. Take the opportunity with a fair wind, Depart the Docks at 1am with a good wind change to the east, now we are making some progress at 12Kn.
Arrived on 6th December at 0820am in Ayamante. Still no signs of any American cotton. Looks like this will be a journey all the way to Charleston.
7th December Men are getting restless. Will Make a stopover in San Agustin and let the men have some time to spend the gold, hopefully this will bring their spirits up. I’ve taken a tour of the ship yards where there is a constitutions for sale priced 92776. One can dream.
10th December 1550 NW wind. Set a northerly course and continue up the American cost. The crew are in better spirits give the RnR. Making good speed at 25Kns Fast approaching San Mateo a Spanish port. Docked at 2040 No American Cotton.
Depart 11th December 0020 westerly breeze 16Kn, wind speed increase now making24Kns. Good progress.
11th Dec 0440 Arrive Saint Marys, the harbor here is quite active with the coming and going of fleets.
A neutral port. Trades gold here at a reasonable price of 200. 30 profit to be made on each unit. The buying price of Historical Artifacts is way over the top no profit to be made here at all. Sell price is 53. Loss of 20 gold for what I bought them for at 78 gold each.. Coal on offer a good price 13 unit.
11th Dec Departed 1800 SE-E breeze 15Kn. Trade lanes are quite full of ships a plenty.
Arrived at the first of the American Ports 2250 11th Dec winds had made up for time in just this one day
No cotton produced here.
Depart 0940 12th December and head straight into wind Heavy winds and seas coming from the North Quarter with a storm brewing out off of the cost to the east. Make it around this point and we can get the wind on the windward side and make good progress away from the storm. Neptune why the wind changes to the north as we make our way around the point. Slowing down to 4Kns the wind shifting slightly to the NE making 7Kns. Tacking out to the NE and back to the NW making 29Kn there has been a lot of tacking to make progress. Finally put the storm behind us.
Dock at Sunbury 2240 12th December. Still no sign of American Cotton.
Leave port 0950 13th Dec mist and fog, wind in the west quarter aft. 21 Kn. Visibility very poor. Hugging the cost so as not to bypass any towns along the way.
Arrive at Savannah 1500, 13th December. Still no Production of American Cotton. Starting to look like I will have to venture in to the Mexican Gulf seas. Well, if we don’t purchase any American Cotton on this trip, at lease the cartographer was able to map each town location. The ships provedore logging the towns merchandise production and consumption.
Depart Savannah on the afternoon tide 14th Dec, at 1450. Easterly stiff breeze, make course NE at 12Kns.
Beaufort in sight 1900hrs rounding the heads and entering the harbor. Dock at 2100.
Well seems that Beaufort is a heavy user of American Cotton, with a daily consumption of 672 bales, signs at last. The ships Provedore is out asking the local markets where their supplies come from. It seems that Charleston has good production. There is also a high demand for Iberian meat at 797 units per day
Depart 840 15th Dec.
Thick heavy fog visibility very limited, seems to be a storm brewing.
Wind gust 30Kn ship cruising at 28-30kn shorten the sails bough speed back to 10kn visibility still limited 1320 back tracking think we may have past Charleston in the fog. No just a sizeable bay no settlement.
1800 mist rolling in visibility once again limited. Out of the mist a battle is taking place United States and England at the disadvantage.
Finally on the 15th December we dock at 2300 in Charleston Harbor. And to my delight American Cotton available at the markets for a nice price. The Historical Artefacts 200 each, that we Purchase for a nice price at 78 can be sold for 150 each, nice profit. 30000 in the coffers. Made part of the month long trip here worth it, now to fill the hold with American cotton. The Crew are jubilant, spend 5 days here in rest before the long haul back to La Tortue.
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First Lieutenant Grosse in his Majesties Vessel the Navy Brig with 22 guns
Unfortunately, the success of the British fleet of ridding the Caribbean of pirates has not advanced as quickly as we have planned. There have been too many distractions caused by battles with vessels from other nations that we were sadly lacking behind our promise to the King of England. In this respect, the incident that has happened today to all British Officers in the Caribbean waters was to be expected. We were all demoted. I, myself was at the rank of Master and Commander, close to becoming Captain, when the news arrived in our home port. I was demoted to First Lieutenant and approximately 100 of my men were ordered to another ship. Reducing down from a full crew of 240 men on my Surprise, to 145 men on a Navy Brig was a rude awaking for me. With new orders from the Admiralty, I am now to engage pirate ships as often as possible, purposely targeting ships of the Navy Brig class and higher. On top of that, I have been ordered to sink at least 10 enemy vessels before my promotion to Master and Commander can be reinstated, even though I have more then amble battle experience exceeding the required (XP) by far. Knowing that every officer has been hit just as hard as myself, I know that every British gentlemen will do their best to fulfill their new orders and immediately make way to achieving our King’s objective of making the Caribbean a safe place for commerce for our King and God above.
In Route to the Port of Bani in the Dominican Republic I ran into another British officer. He was also under new orders and had explained his situation during the journey. I mentioned my need of a new Navy Brig and he was able to inform me about the availability of a solid Navy Brig for sale in Jamaica. He and his crew had just recently been in battle and they were looking for a neutral port to lay up in and service the damages done. Along the way, we saw many merchant vessels, but nothing big enough to draw our attention.
We parted ways after reaching our destination without incident. A good fellow he was; informed and willing to discuss the latest orders with a level head.
After traveling to Port Royal, I was able to purchase a Navy Brig for a price of 27 k gold coin. It was a well built version of the Navy Brig and was well worth the price. Returning to my home port, I engaged two French cutters and sank both. During the engagement, I was able to test the agility of the new vessel and although easier to handle then a Surprise tacking through the wind, the importance of bracing the rear mast became evident. So, now I continue on with my new orders to hunt down and sink 10 navy brig sized vessels in the name of the King.
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Yesterday I had the desire to cature myself a mercury, this is outcome of it.
Our side had me in my Surprise, a Trincomalee a Cutter and a NavyBrig.
Against us we had frogs; 2 Brigs and 2 Mercurys.
I in my desire wanted badly to cap one of those Merc's, I actually had one close to board but the wind wasn't on my side in that moment....
I had to turn my attention towards the 2nd Merc, since out Trinco started to board the one immediately afterwards.
I've made my approach, got a broadside into it and began to close in for boarding. In the moment I was around 100yards away, our Navy shot a broadside into the Merc aswell. No big deal one would assume. But the Navys gunner were so good, that the Merc catched fire and I turned harshly away from it. Only moments later it was destroyed by a devasting explosion.
In my anger I turned my fulll attention to those two remaining Brigs, which sunk quite fast.
I did not manage to capture myself a Merc, but fortunately in a battle only minutes later a fellow Captian helped me capture the Merc we were facing. After all, I finally got to my Merc.
In the end it was quite a good day, giving them frenchies a (light) blue eye
Until next time,
Hi all, yesterday was my first ever exposure to Beta testing an OMPG. It was generally good.
Been gaming (off and on) since we had to build our own computers from parts and write our own code (1978 or so)
1st game was my own version of "Lunar Lander" writen in IBM Assembler, running on an IBM 370 VM.
Also in ancient times contributed code to "SCRAPS" ("Space Cadets Rapine and Plunder Simulator")
These are my bbservations of playability of Naval Action using
my current rig: 16 GB RAM
Intel® Core i7-3960X CPU @ 3.30GHz, GenuineIntel, Intel64 Family 6 Model 45 Stepping 7
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, OS version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 7601
2x Samsung SSD 850 PRO 1TB SSD's,
2x 1TB HDD SATA III
all 4 disks running in 2 mirrored RAID 0 arrays on an Intel® C600 series chipset SATA RAID Controller
1x ASUS GeForce® GTX 970 DC Mini small form factor gaming graphics card
3x BenQ XL2420Z 24in Gaming 3D LED LCD w/ HAS Monitors
Everything running "Plain Jane" as bought, nothing overclocked or anything like that.
Other games played recently : Eve Online, WOT, WOW, - not a big fan of FPS's - I think that interest tends to diminish after real military service.
Played for about 5 hours yesterday, just learning the ropes and trying to figure how high I can set the wuality without crashes.
I usually run things to the max, max FPS, max res, max detail, max shader and so on, but found I had to back down to about a medium setting at 1280 x 1024 to avoid periodic crashes
I am running the game on my middle monitor and three times it went to black screen although the game continued to run and I could hear myself being sunk.
Once it recovered to white screen but with same playability as black screen but I did see a flash of an error message related to "error Windows Kernel" before it dissappeared.
I still have not discovered if there is an "Official" bug reporting method or if we just use the Steam interface for that.
Anyway, back to gaming and testing trying higher resolutions today.
It has been busy, but irl. Entire household had come down with a "bug". That's a week best forgotten
But, over the preceeding weekend, I did have the opportunity to duel. Alas, results are consistent:
0 / 7 versus Doran. No real progress or highlights, though we did discuss lots and I recorded some. His tricks are ever evolving, and had added a volley or 2 of bar, and of grape... With the intentions of honing the art of ship capture for open world. It seems I'm the ideal kind of target.
I also had the benefit of combat with JeeF. That makes it 0 for 1 with him. JeeF had been tutoring under Mr Doran and is pretty exceptional. I will say or match went the distance (3 reps each) but that he really had control the whole match.
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Le Fleuron - 1729 - 64 guns France http://allday2.com/index.php?newsid=181903
USS Bonhomme Richard - 1765 - 42 guns USA http://allday2.com/index.php?newsid=182223
Frigate Raae, danish http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/7214-17th-or-18th-century-rigging-on-danish-fregate-of-1709/ additionally, more plans on orlogsbasen.dk