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Friday, May 20, 2016

Huzzah 2016: Admirals of the Napoleonic Broadsides

Saturday night I joined the Admirals of the Napoleonic Broadsides They have beautiful terrain and ships I was part of a mix Squadron of US and French ships defending a US port.
I had command of the French 74 Athenian the center ship above.  to the left is the USS Constitution trailing us is the Chesapeake and to my left is another French 74
You can see the British fleet here... they have several ships of the line and frigates and 4 brigs
Our Skooners break for the right to cover the shallow entry to the port.  To the left a pair of 6th rate frigate move out.  I must confess we did a poor job of coordinating out movements
Here you can see our fleet pulling out past the fortress and you can see the British Sales in the distance.
Athenian and Constitution move out past the fortress....
The English have quite a battle line with a 100 gun 1st rate int he lead.
The US Schooners have anchored in just about the prefect location
The French ships of the line make their turn the US Frigates are still charging ahead.
Athenian fires high at the 1st rate I am hoping to slow him down... but he makes his save... and hits me... knocking out my rutter. Well I guess this is a good place to drop ancor.
The American 6th Rates cross the 1st rates T and land several hits.. but the British save more than their fair share.
I drop anchor Athenian is now a semi-mobile floating battery
The 6th Rates are still dancing around the 1st Rate and the second French 74 is moving up to help
The Heavy US frigates are closing in
The Brigs and Schooners are exchanging fire the US Schooners have terrible luck every shot from the misses...
The British brigs are luckier wrekcing one Schooner with their first hit
Shotes fly from both sides.. The English are luckier again Constitution gets hit and cannot fire just as she gets into range
Chesapeake hits a British 74 and again the British make more than their fair share of save s
Our poor schooners are getting hammered again...
USS Virginia has lost her consort but she again blasts the British first rate and the hits begin to tell..
The French 74 hits the First rate with a raking shot...
Chesapeake takes fire from the English and I am seeing an opportunity develop.  The fort is hitting back at the English as well
The Brigs are in position, they were briliantly handled all game and they procead to slaughter our schooners
Constitution and Chesapeake are closing in on the Enlgish and blasting them with heavy broadsides.
The Virginia and the smaller French 74 are till engating.
The Fort Strikes the English ship of the line behind Athenian... I also add my power to the attacks on the 1st rate... and then prepare a desperate gambit
The English 1st rate is heavily damaged.
Constitution cuts between to British Frigates
I Pivot the the Athenian
and let got a full raking broadside the English ship is savaged
The English ship Grapples me and we attempt to board the fighting is indecisive
But the English ship is burning...
The her magazine blows up... Though the rules say I would not be damaged every one including myself say that's silly so we roll damage as if it was my magazine that blew up... and well I'm in rough shape..

The French 74 fires again and the English 1st rate goes down.
A British 64 cuts in behind my battered ship
My ship takes a shattering broadside... I like to think I had enough time to order most of my crew over the side.. Maybe those that could swim found a nice American girl to cofort hem
The Virginia scored our last success of the night taking down the HMS Acasta a large frigate
The 4 English Brigs anchor in the port and a 64 is on its way to join them.  We lost all three schooners, the Chesapeake and one 6th Rate frigate and the Athenian.  Constitution was badly damaged, Virginia escaped as did the other French 74 both of which had great games.  Almost all the English ships are battered excepting the brilliantly handled brigs.  A great game probably my favorite of the convention