As many of you may or may not know, Commodore Greenwood and I have a friendly rivalry that I have just taken the lead in. He issued an open challenge to anyone brave enough to take it to command the HMS Victory of 104 guns against him commanding the USS Constitution of 46 guns and the USS Congress of 32. I happily accepted his challenge knowing, as he did, that he was giving himself the more difficult end of the challenge.
The battle was fought on the 6X14 foot sea, with full rules on play including variable winds and wind intensity on Sunday of Origins 2009 during the open gaming block.
The Americans having the wind gauge early in the battle and light wind making maneuvering the 104 Gun Victory very difficult. Attempting to capitalize on this Jeff decided, in a bold move, to use line abreast tactics to lock the Victory in between the powerful broadsides of two opposing vessels. Also working in the American commander’s favor were early self inflicted gun losses caused by the Victory’s own broadsides.
This problem being further exasperated by an inability to pierce the Constitutions thick hull and destroy her great guns.
A turning point in the battle occurred when the Victory’s larger size forced the smaller Congress to Maneuver poorly forcing her out of effective range for one volley of cannon fire and placing the Constitution directly under the guns of the Victory after the Victory’s last Volley had wiped the Constitution’s deck of her heavy Carronades.
at the same time the wind picked up to a great fury and changed direction to a vector more greatly favoring the might British warship allowing the Victory to put still greater distance between it and the Congress while still being able to fire on the constitution which, after losing its wheel was unable to steer.
Commodore Greenwood struck colors but was allowed to retain his sword as the advantage was clearly favoring the British ship that had significantly more guns and crew. My utmost respect to the American Commander and I would now like to express my desire to fight him on more equal terms hoping to further prove the greatness of the British empire and to truly test his mettle as a Commander.
Sincerely, Commander of HMS Victory
Admiral, Scott Maddy
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