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Captains log, 21st of September 1766
Aboard the newly commisioned "Tonen", 74 guns and 650 crew compliment
Port of Christiansted
I have finally been cleared for battleorders and my first commission has come in. The Swedish council have broken the Danno-Norwegian and swedish trade agreement. The orders are to seek out swedish shipping in and around the ports of the swedish antilles.
The expedition started at 23:00 hours with the assembling of a fleet. The captains in attendance were Staunberg, Arthur Dayne, Svennik Svendson, Seraphis, The Black Mallard, Suenson, Manowa, Assassin, Thomas Kjaer and Lars Kjaer. A sizeable fleet so the hope were to catch a larger swedish convoy heading out of Fort Baii in the late hours of the night.
The sail between Christiansted and Gustavia is a short one, so shortly after departing from the danish islands we spotted a lone Hercules class frigate which we gave chase. Unable to force the battle to a conclusion we decided to turn northwards, but we quickly spotted full-rigged sails in the horizon. Two, three and soon after four large men of wars, ship of the lines from the swedish coastguard along with a small number of consorts heading for us at the northern tip of Fort Baii island. At first there were some confusion in the fleet, as the larger Man-of-War was a 136-gun first rate, a floating castle of a ship.. But after a brief war-council aboard the "Tonen" the captains assembled decided to engage the battle. Captain Manowa had yet to join the fleet, so the battle was commenced at the fourth bell of the evening without the aid of his ship of the line.
The drums hang heavy in the air as the ships prepared for battle. The "Tonen" is not a strong sailor, too heavy at beam reach and generally too cumbersome to be called a good warship, but we turned the broadside up against that of the enemy and started pounding the Swedish 74' gun Draskon, as well as the 38-gun frigate captained by Wolfram J Harms. We managed to sink the frigate while the 74' got back into the swedish line preparing to make the battle a running line engagement. With the enemy having superior firepower aboard their first and second rate ships of the line, we decided to tag against the wind and focus the enemy first rate. The tactic worked to some extend, we did however only manage to severely damage the first rate whilst the swedish battlefleet had managed to batter the "Tonen" as well as Captain Mallards 88-gun Bucentaure. We decided to run for cover while completing emergency repairs and to our luck the enemy second rate as well as the first rate broke of the enagement, cowardly leaving their fellow captains hopelessly engaged with a superior force. It is the view of this captain, with no doubt in his mind, that the fate of the swedish fleet were decided - not by the bravery or the broadside weight of the danish-norwegian fleet, but by this dastardly act of cowardice. The remaining swedish fleet went down in a blaze of gunfire, broadside to broadside while the waters north of Fort Baii were turning red with the blood of the swedish crews. The remaining swedish captains desperately sought close quarter engagements to finish the battle on the decks rather than the sea, alas the danish-norwegian captains managed to keep distance, except for Seraphis who did however manage to disengage the boarding while the honorable Captain Tiger Von Kai was dispatched to Davy Jones.
After the battle the danno-norwegian fleet was running low on repairs, sailcloth, shot and powder and so we went back to the Danish Virgin islands. The expeditions result has been reviewed as a success by the admiralty. While no swedish shipping were sunk, we did manage to sink a number of swedish men of war.
It is this captains duty to bring honourable mention to the following swedish captains:
Captain @DRASKON, WIA
Captain @Wolfram Harms, WIA
Captain Tiger von Kie, WIA
Captain Franz Ferdinand, WIA
Captain Vic le Viking, WIA
They kept their honour in the direst of circumstances whilst their fellow captains deserted them to their fates.
All hail the two kingdoms! All hail the king! All hail the queens Dalmatians!
Port of Christiansted, aboard the "Tonen" after the 1st bell
21st of September 1766
Captain Lars Kjaer
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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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