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Lieutenant Grosse in His Majesties Vessel the Surprise, 38 guns. Receiving orders from the Admiralty, I was sent on a mission to explore the regions north of Cuba. From the Bahamas out, I was to head for the shores of Spanish Florida and wreak havoc along the coastline while mapping the ports. Setting out from Haiti, I took my Surprise and dear crew north to the Inagua Islands. In sight of Motimer Town, a small costal village invested with the lowest of life forms, i. e. pirates, we caught glimpse of a French Navy Brig and set her to the bottom. Which was not what I intended to do. Initially, we hammered her hard, until her crew had been cut in half and we boarded her. Just as boarding was finished and we took the day, she sank from beneath our feet. We were lucky to have not lost members of our own crew in the event. Damn disappointing for the crew and myself. I was looking forward to selling the trader for hard earned gold to refit my surprise with yet larger guns.
Making course North-North-West we ran into a British fleet of 6 74’s. It was very reassuring to have her in the vicinity as we made our way between Cuba and the outer reefs. Two days out from port we encountered another French Brig. This time she was a trader loaded with hemp, because we limited the ball shot used against her, setting grape in for care of the crew. We boarded and took her soundly, sending her with a small crew back to a port in Jamaica. Having lost contact with the British Fleet, we were on our own again. But, even there I was receiving messages from my good friend Captain Maxwell. How he was able to send messages along the fishermen’s villages along my route, I will never imagine.. Unfortunately, I was on a mission for God and King, and could not join him in ridding the Caribbean of Pirates and Spanish gold transports.
Day four at sea, we ran into literally a wall of shallows / reefs, which would not allow us to past more to the North-East, even though we could see shipping lanes on the other side. Frustrating to the “T”, it was when we saw small Lynx sized vessels sailing through the shallows as if them weren’t here. Sighting a Spanish trading lynx we followed her almost to the cost of Cuba before we were close enough to fire upon her. Near the Port of Puerto del Padre we almost boarded the trader, when three Spanish Brigs appeared from the port. So far from our homeport and without any back up, I cautiously kept my distance from the Spanish. Within a few moments, two Spanish Frigates joined in on our fun and I ordered my crew to make haste. Following Cuba’s coast to the Northwest we saw many trade vessels. Putting a day’s worth of sailing between the Spanish fleet, and us, we targeted another Spanish trade brig. We almost had her when more Spanish frigates appeared. They must have some sort of signally towers along the coastline, because they were extremely proficient at protecting their trade vessels near to shore.
Day six we discovered a pirates town half way up the Northern coast of Cuba, at Cayo Romano. Anchoring in front of their port, we waited to engage one of their ships, but I fear they were all too drunk to even come to sea. Not one of them dared engage us. Turning north, we had favorable winds and we set course for The Bahamas. What we reckoned to be half the sea distance to the main island appeared full of shallows again. This time we spotted a trade brig sailing through a small opening between the reefs and followed her north. We ran into an Island with a harbor on it. Unfortunately, it was surrounded by shallows not deep enough that even my Surprise could make it close enough to identify the port. Sailing further north, we pasted Small Island after island without any chance of coming close to them due to the depth of the water. On the North end of the chain of Islands was another port. We could see a British flag flying over the harbor, but were damned, due to the shallows, to not make it to her. Not being able to identify the ports certainly, I can only assume that we had made land fall in the Bahamas. Sighting yet another Spanish Trade brig, we sank her on the spot and turned our vessel around and headed for home. With the numerous battles we had had at sea, our lovely ship was in dire straits. The trip homeward was fairly uneventful, until I had reached the first British port and found out that I had been promoted to Master and Commander and would be receiving a full crew of 240 men for my Surprise. That news compensated by far for the quiet return journey we had.
Lieutenant Grosse in His Majesties Vessel the Surprise, 38 guns. Together with Captain Maxwell and Commodore Magnum we waited outside a neutral port for other British vessels in route. It was magnificent when the other officers Woodes Rogers, Trina, Sir Sinkalot, and Palo Esteehause joined up with us to create the Fleet. All were in frigates, or surprise except for the Commodore in his 74. We headed north as a group and quickly had to change course due to the wind in order to make way. Adjusting the number of sail each vessel carried we matched our speeds to curse roughly at 10 knots per hour. Along our journey, the flag signals were constantly spelling out the size and nationality of the ships we sighted on the horizons around us. Near Port St. Nic, we caught sight of a French fleet of 6 ships of the line. All of them were carrying 74 guns. Captain Maxwell gave the command to engage and we closed up our ranks. The battle was glorious. The French lined up North of us and with the wind on this side. We, the British Fleet, dove directly into their line cutting it apart. There was no hesitation at all, except that lower officers in my Surprise over reacted, as I requested to drop speed and sail behind the British vessels. My ship stopped moving until I realized the misunderstanding and set the ship in motion again. By now the others had engaged the French and two were already preparing to board the enemy. Sailing right between three main groups of ships I fired a broadside into at 74 at close range while he was engaged with Captain Maxwell. Sailing past him, I saw a yacht join the battle and start crossing my path to the next 74. The 74 had just starting jibing towards another British vessel and I wanted to rank his stern. The yacht that I had just glanced had singled my Surprise out as the most likely to not sink him and engaged me. Turning into him, I wanted to push him out of the way and rank the 74 before it was too late. Instead of pushing, my Surprise hit the yacht full in the middle and climbed up on her. My ship should have simply cut the yacht in two, but somehow she survived my assault and lie side by side off my starboard side. Enraged, that I had lost so my timing with this small ship, I fired my broadside into her. Not staying to finish her off I moved towards the 74 to attempt my rake. Looking down towards the water, I noticed we were taking on water. It appeared that in the heat of battle, one or more of the 74’s had targeted us and ramming the yacht had also done more damage that expected. Within a minute my Surprise sank without us getting another shot off. It was a freak accident that happens in war. We took our long boats to the Port of St Nic and observed the continuation of the battle along our long row in. It was a sad chain of events that lead up to the lost of my second Surprise, but the feeling of being in my first fleet action surpassed by far any remorse I might have felt. It was simply grand to be fighting side by side with such British officers as Maxwell, Magnum, Rogers, Trina, Sinkalot and Esteehause. Lt. Maxer der Grosse Lieutenant in His Majesties Royal Navy Home port of Jeremie, Haiti
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,
Hello fellow captains,
my name is Will Laurence of the British Royal Navy and I take the oppertunity to let you take part on my adventures in the carribean sea.
At the time of (blog) creation I am in the rank of "Master and Commander" and I got myself a Surprise, so the real beginning of my journey is not in the folowing entries. I will create an entrie explaining those past days in the next days though.
What I am going to post are all kinds of things worth mentioning like battles, special encounters well even some talking to different people if worth mentioning.
With this in mind this blog shall bring the readers not only joy in reading but also to the new and maybe even older member of the Royal Navy to get help and insipration for their adventures.
Starting from today, this blog will be regurlary, mostly thrice a week, updated.
Until the next entry,
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.
As noted previously, there has been a treatise on Naval Action compiled by Mr. Doran, edited by Mr. Balck. You can find the link HERE, and a dropbox account HERE for download. As I believe my gaming time offsets a bit with Mr. Doran, I'll instead look at the Treatise mid week in anticipation of the weekend.
CREDIT: The material herein is not mine. Credit to the above mentioned gentlemen. And additional credit to Schuetzengel for flipping the Treatise diagrams into .GIFs (link here, I modified them slightly). The notes are based on their work, though I caution that my interpretations could be wrong. Speak with the Master, Mr. Doran, if clarification needed.
My writing this out is my way of forced learning...as I have done previously with tacking. Bear in mind that I am not an expert, I find the sailing language clumsy (due to my lack of familiarity), and that I'm prone to interchanging words... so please read THE TREATISE! It is noteworthy to point out that these pictures are on page 10 of the guide, so plenty of theory & notes come before this material.
This figure demonstrates three key points:
First, the Black ship approaches and takes a leeward (not having the weather gauge) position. This is incorrect. Always try for the weather gauge (recognizing that it not always possible, still try).
Second, the correct maneuver, is the White ship taking the windward position (upwind). While doing so, ensuring 1 ship length between on the initial pass, allows the White ship 2 broadsides (certainly 2, though 3 is the goal as depicted in the gif) to the Black ship's 1 broadside volley. The damage will be spread ... one potential on each of your broadside, whereas your 3 are all against a single broadside, causing critical damage and potentially the use of a repair. As Mr. Doran explains, a rake on the 3rd pass maybe possible...killing crew...and thereby breaking the DPS & ship sailing characteristics stalemate,
The ship length is important as it allows the white ship the room required to complete tack through the wind and be able to land another broadside on the damaged black ship. Otherwise, White runs the risk of nothing having the room required for the 3 volley into Black.
This figure demonstrates two key points:
First, the Black ship realizes that the windward tack will not realize getting the gauge advantage. Two notes:
Black closes tight to White, in order to remove the 1 ship separation (limits potential maneuvers of White).
In this instance, Black will always flip from right to left (relative to the wind, flips downwind). This leaves the stern open for a rake. However, if White also turns downwind, this gives Black the opportunity to apply 3 broadsides (certainly 2, though 3 is the goal as depicted in the gif) to the 1 of White, and opportunity to take weather gauge advantage. Same as in Figure 1-1, Black might take 2 volleys, but they will be spread across each broadside, whereas White will receive all the damage on a single side. As Mr. Doran explains, a rake on the 3rd pass maybe possible...killing crew...and thereby breaking the DPS & ship sailing characteristics stalemate,
[*]White did not tack for enough separation. White also did not take advantage of the weather gauge and turned downwind, essentially giving up the wind.
I'll stop there for today. There are 2 more accompanying GIF with these, and I'll post on them next, and that should take us into the weekend. Be sure to read Mr. Doran's guide first hand.
I fought Mr. Doran 3 times this weekend. All in Trincomales.
Loss. I gave up wind immediately. Was stern raked. Battle essentially went like this....I'd rake nose, he'd rake stern. The crew loss differential was pronounced... Mr Doran was very effective. No repairs used by Mr.D.
Loss. I did better in the start. Took wind, and for maybe 3 passes, kept it. However, his counter maneuvers ensured I did not take stern. We essentially went broadside to broadside. However, I lost wind and was raked. Crew loss....repeat of battle #1. Doran used 1 rep.
Loss. He wanted to something new. tbh...I don't think I ever had wind. Horrible fight. He used his nose cannons (x4 cannonade) very effectively to rake my crew (we were running bow to stern, and I did not make a turn). He did not use any repairs.
*Footnote: I am aware of the guide. I need to dedicate additional time to it... in short, I am still struggling with the language, despite the excellent glossary provided - which is by no means a discredit to either of Mr. Doran or Mr. Balck.
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