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  2. Another admirable work from Benerson Little and this time he takes the focus to the other side of the coin with a in depth approach to the "pyrate" problem faced by powers and civilizations since antiquity. What is fascinating is the down to earth ( or should i say to sea! ) presentation of each era solutions while completely avoiding a rationalization of contemporary knowledge and hindsight. Little takes us into a voyage to the time he portrays and presents with clarity the challenges faced by the ruling powers, same as the opportunities open to criminal sea rovers. This is a import
  3. In peace, or war, all sailors have a common enemy, the sea itself. It was wherever possible considered a duty save as many souls as possible and in just about every battle efforts would be made to save friend and foe alike, sometimes even while still under fire. So strong is the conviction that life is paramount among sailors that no captain would knowingly leave survivors in the water unless his ship was in imminent danger, even as late as 1982 and the Falklands conflict where news footage shows the lengths to which sailors go to save men and ships if they can. Even so despite all
  4. Some of the most terrifying battles of the age of sail weren't between the big fleets or the big sisters the frigates. By statistical comparison the amount of casualties was always higher at the 6th rate encounters, and lower unrate, where tallies of 40 plus wound and dead are not uncommon. If we remember that many Brig-sloops-of-war or brig sloops had a crew of 120 roughly, including officers and marines, so forty hands is a third. They had a nominal crew of 120-130, and was not a rated ship in the Royal Navy, being just below the 20 guns of the sixth-rated smallest frigates. This mea
  5. Thanks for the interesting episode! I'd suppose the boy had some experience with the lugger rig and the pilot boat was gaff-rigged. Nonetheless an astounding example of the art of seamanship, because he had to handle the boat alone and would risk his health and probably his life each time tacking, because the french privateer most likely wasn't amused by this maneuver. And by the way, i would fire the master and the other man of the pilot boat!
  6. Sea being the sea with all its particularities and most notably wind and tides has always been the best ally and the worst opponent for any naval enterprise. You can see this clearly across the entire timeline covered by Naval Action, where the best laid out plans wouldn't work due to conditions at sea not allowing time tables to be maintained or because distances could not be covered. More often than not it became a mixture of human design and nature, where able seamen would take advantage of the "terrain" that the sea is and understand its ever changing landscape, as opposed to the
  7. Got this from Twitter, I think this has its place here... Link here: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/5573/page/1 (thanks to Game-Labs )
  8. Thank you. https://www.amazon.com/Bermuda-Privateer-Nicholas-Fallon-Novels/dp/1590137442
  9. Fantastic thread, wonderful history....thank you for sharing 😊
  10. I would like to recommend a fairly new age of sail book series. There is one book currently available with another due this November. The author is William Westbrook. His first book its titled 'The Bermuda Privateer'. The second book, due to be released in November 2018, is titled 'The Black Ring'. The first book was very fast paced with lots of action. Overall, I wouldn't put it in the Patrick O'Brian category, but if you want a very fun and relatively quick read, then I would suggest the author. Think Patrick O'Brian without all of the character backstory. Although I love the Patrick O'
  11. Now for the American version of events. The following comes from the Newburyport Herald and Country Gazette (Massachusetts), of October 18, 1814. "... On the 11th, Nantucket bore north, about a quarter of a mile distant from the land, discovered a frigate off Gayhead which gave chase and came up with a fresh breeze, while we were becalmed. At 3 PM we took a breeze and took the Douglass in tow. The frigate was about four leagues from us At [/} the wind died away calm. At 7 P.M. was obliged to come to anchor, and supposing the frigate would send her boats to attempt to capture us, [w
  12. From the PRO in Kew, Reference numbers ADMI/507, XC 22779A "[To:] Honorable Alexander Cochrane, K.B. Admiral of the Red, and Commander in Chief, , Etc, etc, Superb at Halifax 15th November, 1814. Sir, It is with extreme regret I do myself the honor to transmit to you herewith, a copy of a letter and its enclosures dated the 11th Ultimo, which I have received from Captain Hope of His Majesty's Ship Endymion detailing the particulars of a gallant but unsuccessful attack made by the boats of that ship under the direction of Lieutenants Hawki
  13. I bet dollars to donuts that Warren was named for General Joseph Warren, MD, killed in action at Bunker Hill. You may also note the Pine Tree in the canton of the flag of the Continental Army.
  14. Was chasing this one, thanks Vernon. So, three of the schooners were named for three congressmen that helped navigate the legal waters when dealing with prizes. Franklin Lynch Harrison add also the Warren Lee and then two more, fitted at Plymouth, Washington Harrison
  15. Battle Flag: USS Hannah: Chased ashore by British Sloop HMS Nautilus
  16. A Snow, filled with pyrates hungry at the edge of the mutiny, but ya heal them with rum, they'll follow ya everywhere... #RumRationsMod #OakCrewSpace (dont expect them to demast a ship, arrr)
  17. also the same episode as registered in Naval History of Great Britain - Vol III / 1800 / Light Squadrons and Single Ships p.56/57 Milbrook / Millbrook, 1797 Type: Experimental Schooner ; Armament 16 x 18-pdrs carronades Launched : 1797 BM: 148 tons On the 13th of November, early in the morning, the Milbrook, then lying becalmed off the bar of Oporto, descried a French ship, wearing a pendant, and, to all appearance, a frigate of 36 guns. Having under his protection two brigs of a Newfoundland convoy, and observing several other vessels in the offing, which, if as he conjectu
  18. Yeah, I keep a store-bought frigate in reserve to cap new AI vessels so I don't go in the negatives, financially
  19. So... live off the loot you get ? Very survival. Very pyratey.
  20. I'm trying a new thing where I play it like I play Escape from Tarkov. Cap an AI vessel, try to capture up and keep going from there. If I lose, who cares? Makes the other player happy. If I win, more's the glory!
  21. Early in the morning on the 13th of November, the Milbrooke schooner, of 16 guns, and 45 men, commanded by Lieutenant Matthew Smith, being off Oporto with two brigs of the Newfoundland convoy under his protection, fell in with a French privateer ship, of 36 guns; Lieutenant Smith at this time observed several other vessels in the offing, which he had reason to suppose was a part also of the above convoy. The vast superiority of the enemy's force did not operate on the gallant spirit of Lieutenant Smith, whose principal object was the preservation of his convoy; he therefore
  22. Despite the "hidden agenda" there are enough cases reported with raiders overcrowding ships. Actually flushing the below deck thoroughly to accommodate more crew - even at the expense of some of the ship's original build solidity - was fairly common practice amongst sea rover types.
  23. What rules you use to "mimic" navy/sea rover age of sail life - be it sloop captain, be it trade interdiction with frigate or even trade escort.

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