I made a second attempt at Roger's Big Fight/Battle of Sandy Hook. The United States squadron is unchanged but the British have Garriere added and both Aeolus and Belvidere where upgraded to Veteran.
I also changed the wind direction from west to southwest so it wasn't quite so against the British. Frank helped me running Aeolus and Belvidere. Bob had President, Jess had United States while Dana ran Congress. Arofan took Argus and Hornet.
Arofan moved off to the right forming a mini- squadron to take on Belvidere.
Battle is joined Argus and Hornet fired on Belvidere doing significant damage including a damaged rutter. They get hurt I there turn taking fire from Shannon and Belvidere. I got too cute with Shannon and had to change my menuver breaking my line of battle.
USS Congress is the first US ship to hit Shannon quickly followed by broadsides from President and United States. The noble English frigate is shattered.
Shannon stiles then sinks the British line is is following behind her into the American cross fire.
Garriere and Africa sail between the two big American frigates blasting left And right giving and taking its. HMS Aeolus hits Hornet again.
Aeolus grapples the President while United States turns too follow the English fleet. Congress cuts behind Africa and hits her with it's heavy guns. The small American ships are trying to get back into the action while franticly making repairs. HMs Belvedere is trying to do the same from the other direction.
The battle is not going well for the English but they have an opportunity. USS United States is alone facing Guarriere, Africa and Belvidere. The English look to take advantage.
First Belvedere and then Guarriere cross The United States bow. Guarriere fails to land a single hit despite being at point blank range. Africa and United States exchange broadsides a the United States and Guarriere collide sinking the Guarriere. Meanwhile the Argus and Hornet come up behind the Africa and fire into her stern the damage is minimal but Africa is battered from the broadsides of the United States and is badly hurt. The battle ends with Shannon and Guarriere sunk and Aeolus captured. United States is probably a operational if not total loss but Africa is sure to be sunk or captured with her. It's likely that Congress would be able run down Belvidere and take or sink her. It's a clear US victory as break about midnight.