Captain Gabriel Laurence's background and information
- 1 Portrait
- 2 Character Information
- 3 Captain Gabriel Laurence's background and information
- 4 A Short Biography
- 5 Arms and Ensigns
- 6 Tournament Awards
- 7 Current and past Commands of note
- 8 Record of Critical Actions
A Short Biography
(The information contained here forth is of a fictional nature. Some places and names may be real, but the majority are not. The story is purely designed for entertainment and role-play value, and has little to no historic accuracy)
'VERSION ONE: This is a rough version, and a more refined one will come in the future.'
Born on the 7th of January, 1696, Gabriel was the fourth son of Baron Laurence. Gabriel always showed a strong since of right and wrong, even as a child, and could in fact most days be found at the center of the petty disputes that children so often become a part of.
By the age of Six years of age Gabriel had learned his letters and thought he was ready to set out on his own to make his own name. It was the very same night that he had thought to leave that tragedy struck in his household. In the year of our lord 1702, on the 21st of February, Lady Laurence died of an apoplexy, the cause of which was never found. This had struck Gabriel particularly hard, having been close to his mother, and being present when the affliction killed her.
The death of his mother at such a young age had a profound effect on Gabriel, and in the passing months could do little but wish to be free from the places which reminded him of her.
By the time of his 9th Birthday in 1705, Gabriel has decided he would like to see the world. With the new peice of insight, and in a way only the very young can, he began to feverishly ask questions of any sailor, captian, trader, or really anyone else who had been about.
It was with one of these individuals that Gabriel became fascinated with ships. Having been to the London docks once before and witnessing the launce of one of his Majesties newest warships, he had already seen what he was hearing about, and instantly fell in love.
In the short years after Gabriel read everything he possibly could pertaining to ships and warfare, not understanding the half of it. But that did not persuade him from his goal.
Even though his father did not agree with his choice of occupation, much rather having him do something more "proper", Gabriel enlisted into the at twelve years of age, in 1708.
By 1709 Young Gabriel, barely 13 years old, saw his first action. It was only a small fleeting battle, a simple skirmish with a French Privateer, but that was enough. Gabriel took part in the boarding action that day, and with a few of his other mates from the gunroom had managed to capture the French captain. Gabriel had earned himself a place as Midshipmen.
Several years had passed since that first taste of blood, and the now Third Lieutenant Laurence was one of the most promising young officers of the year 1716. It was by luck that three months later, around mid June that year that the small frigate found itself doing a cruise around the north of Africa. Shortly later, in August of that year, a band of Corsairs attacked and boarded the vessel Laurence was a part of.
After a fierce melee the boarders were repelled, but the damage had already been done. The ship was nearly lost, truly with the astounding amount of damage it was a god send she was still afloat. Having also lost her Captain and second Lieutenant, Laurence found himself in the spot of an acting Second Lieutenant while they limped home, beaten and bloodied. In a Bizarre twist of fate, Second Lieutenant Laurence found himself once again promoted, for heroism under fire, to the position of Lieutenant, the prime roll on a ship.
After his new found promotion, Laurence found himself posted on HMS Montague, under Captain Thomas Beverley. It was not until 1718, at the battle of Cape Passaro against the Spanish that Laurence next saw action.
HMS Montague had managed, by deft sailing and brute force, had managed to board and take the Volante relatively intact. Laurence found himself leading the captured ship into port as part of the prize crew, and his streak of ungodly luck still withstanding, found himself freshly promoted to Captain and given the Volante newly named HMS Violence.
It was there it could be said that the fresh new Captain Laurence's luck ended. Three years later, Captain Laurence found himself assigned to Patrol duty in the West Indies.
By now it is 1722, and I am writing this passage of my own somewhat strange and odd past myself. It is now mid October, 1722, as I have already stated, and I feel due to the nature of the "Burning Sea" as we call it now, that I should personally record my past up until this date.
It started in August of the year last, I had just arrived here in the West Indies after a six month journey across the Atlantic ocean. As you must have gathered, I am a new captain, although not completely unskilled in my trade. What I do lack however, is experience. And that experience cost me my ship and my crew. In mid August of the same year, we were sailing towards a destination known as "Jenny Bay" when we ran afoul of a particularly nasty Typhoon. She had beat my ship and thrown several of the crew overboard, when the storm suddenly broke. We found ourselves in a situation not to our liking. The fore and aft masts were quite gone, not a sign of them, and we hadn't a spare. So when the pirates came, we were wholly unprepared for it.
Shortly after the storm, we ran afoul of a gang of ruffians known as the "Bilge Rats". They managed to take us prisoner, with a fight I might add, and scuttled my precious ship. We were held by them inside their flagship, a despicable floating wreck of trash, held together with cords and spit. I daresay I know not how I survived, only that I did. My crew was gone elsewhere by then, I suspect dead, and I feel I was only being held because my own head may yet count for some sort of ransom.
I lived this way for almost a year when a heroic captain of the British Navy stationed in whatever area we were in, frankly kicked their bastard asses. I was released from my captivity and made welcome aboard his ship, the HMS Delectable as we made port for my original destination, "Jenny Bay".
We were only hours out of port when another group of Bilge Rats attacked us, and in boarding combat killed the good captain who has been my saviour, and most of the crew. I myself escaped only by, let my say only "embarrassing" measures kept me from defending the ship, and mayhap dying myself. With the ships Captain and most her crew gone, I took command of the vessel, and with help from Mr. Holt, we repelled the attack, and into my possession fell a most curious map.
Upon given the scene of the confrontation our heels, we were able to successfully make port at Jenny bay, a year later than originally planned.
Within hours of making port though, the Bilge rats laid siege to the port, but were repelled. Anyone with a ship was enlisted to aid in driving their ships away after the populace had managed to force them out of the port proper, and that was how I found myself once again on the sea and fighting. During the engagement, I was forced to board a Bilge Rat Vessel. During this engagement, I was savagely wounded, losing my left eye and some of the surrounding tissue.
I awoke days later to see the battle was over, and we had won.
So begins the rest of my life, here in the Burning Sea.
Arms and Ensigns
Current and past Commands of note
- HMS Royal George - 100 Gun "Prince" First Rate Ship of the Line
Ships of Rear Admiral Laurence's Flotilla
Side note: These are other ships used on a regular basis by myself
- HMS Apotheosis - 76 Gun "Wenden" Third Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS Green Thunder - 60 Gun "Macedon' Hunter's" Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS Libertas - 64 Gun "Alexander" Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS God's Grace - 34 Gun "Athena" Frigate
- HMS Black Thunder - 50 Gun "Capricieux" Mastercraft Frigate
- HMS White Wind - 44 Gun "Gallant" Naval Frigate
- HMS Fearless - 64 Gun "Mordaunt" Sleek Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS Diligence - 34 Gun "Arcadia" Mastercraft Xebec
- HMS Calamity - 54 Gun "Hercules" Super Frigate
- HMS Malevolence - 46 Gun "Archelon" Heavy Frigate
- HMS Golden Thunder - 64 Gun "Reason" Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS Regent - 66 Gun "Valiant" Third Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS Deterrent - 66 Gun "Valiant" Third Rate Ship of the Line
- HMS Elevation - 42 Gun "Tigre" Mastercraft Frigate
- HMS Vigilance - 44 Gun "Trinidad" Frigate
- HMS Freedom's Foot Steps - 39 Gun "Minerva" Mastercraft Interceptor
- HMS Steel - 40 Gun 'Stralsun' Mastercraft Frigate (Reassigned; 1722)
- HMS Fire Storm - 24 Gun 'Postillionen' Frigate (Broken up; 1722)
- HMS Silence - 24 Gun 'Lexington' Brig (Broken up; 1722)
- HMS Freedom - 14 Gun "Curieuse" Heavy Snow (Broken up; 1722)
- HMS Storm - 12 Gun "Van Hoorn" Snow (Broken up; 1722)
- HMS Delectable - 6 Gun "Le Belle" Light Corvette (Reassigned, 1722)
- HMS Violence - 44 Gun Captured Spanish Vessel (Captured, 1722)
- HMS Suntrike - 64 Gun "Mordaunt" Sleek Fourth Rate Ship of the Line (Sunk, January 1723)
- HMS Red Thunder - 50 Gun "Conquistador" Master Craft Frigate (Sunk, June 1723)
- HMS Irrefrgable - 76 Gun "Wenden" Third Rate Ship of the Line (Sunk, October 1724)
- HMS Temperance - 48 Gun "Mercy" Naval Frigate (Broken up under fire, May 1725)
Record of Critical Actions
Records prior to “October 7th 1722” were lost as the result of an engagement with the French.
|Maracaibo||Late October, correct date lost.||Offence||Defeat||HMS Green Thunder(Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Red|
|Bridgetown||November 30th, 1722||Defence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder(Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, White|
|Carlos Harbour||November 30th, 1722||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White|
|Spanish Town||November 30th, 1722||Defence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Red|
|Bartica||January 5th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, Blue. Fencer, Town, Black|
|Puerta de Plata||February 25th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White. Fencer, Fortress, White|
|Basseterre||February 26th, 1723||Defence||Undecided||HMS Green Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Black.|
|Veiux Fort||May 21st, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White.|
|Santiago||May 25th, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White.|
|Nassau||June 1st, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White. Fencer, Fortress, White.|
|Belize||June 2nd, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White. Fencer, Fortress, White.|
|Fort de France||June 2nd, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White. Fencer, Fortress, White.|
|Vieux Fort||June 2nd, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White. Fencer, Fortress, White.|
|Sabanqui||June 8th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Captain, Line, White.|
|Basseterre||July 12th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, Black.|
|Portobello||July 12th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Black.|
|Bartica||July 13th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Black.|
|St. John's||July 14th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Black. Offensive Boarder.|
|Santo Domingo||July 15th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Temperance (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, Black.|
|Havana||July 19th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, White|
|Port-de-Paix||July 25th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White. Fencer, White.|
|Port of Spain||July 27th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White.|
|Santiago||July 28th, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, Noonsa.|
|Portobelo||July 28th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Captain, Line, White.|
|Nassau||August 20th, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore, Line, White.|
|Puerto del Principe||August 21st, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White.|
|Irish Point||August 24th, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, Blue|
|Havana||August 26th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, Black, Fencer, Town, Black|
|Santo Domingo||August 31st, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore, Heavy line, White|
|Havana||September 1st, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Heavy line, Navy blue|
|Belle Isle||September 1st, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White, Fencer, Fort, Healer, Fort|
|Vieux Fort||September 14th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White, Fencer, Fort, Healer, Fort|
|Maricaibo||September 14-15th, 1723||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White, Fencer, Town.|
|Sisal||September 16th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable||Captain, Spearhead, colossal line.|
|Rosseau||September 22nd, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, White, Fencer, Town.|
|Charlestown||October 28th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder||Vice Commodore, Line, White|
|Bridgetown||November 8th, 1723||Defence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore, Line, White|
|Leogane||November 10th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder||Admiral - Britannic forces|
|West End||December 11th, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore - Heavy Line, White|
|Nassau||December 11th, 1723||Defence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore - Left Pincer, Line, White|
|Vieux Fort||December 11th, 1723||Defence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder(Heavily Damaged)||Commodore - Heavy Line, White|
|Turtling Bay||December 15th, 1723||Offence||Defeat||HMS Deterrent(Heavily Damaged)||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Puerto Cabezas||January 10th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore - Heavy Line, White. Fencer, Town.|
|West End||January 10th, 1724||Defence||Victory||HMS Temperance||Commodore - White squadron|
|Tampa||May 17th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Deterrent||Commodore - White squadron|
|Bartica||May 21st, 1724||Defence||Uncontested Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Green Squadron|
|West End||May 22st, 1724||Defence||Uncontested Victory||HMS Temperance||Commodore, White Squadron|
|Nassau||May 22st, 1724||Defence||Victory||HMS Temperance||Captain, Screening Squadron|
|de L'Isle||June 21st, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Temperance||Commodore, NW Squadron.|
|Maracaibo||August 7th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Vice Commodore; Green Squadron.|
|Jaqueme||August 8th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Captain, Line, Black Squadron. Fencer, Town.|
|Fort-de-France||August 8th, 1724||Defence||Uncontested Victory||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore, White Squadron.|
|Nassau||August 10th, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Temperance (Heavily Damaged)||Vice Admiral, Britannic Forces - Commodore, Black Squadron.|
|Caracas||August 16th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder (Heavily Damaged)||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Bluefields||August 16th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Jaqueme||August 16th, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Temperance||Rear Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Cartagena||August 18th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Golden Thunder||Commodore, White Squadron|
|Riding Rocks||September 10th, 1724||Defence||Historic Victory (9v18)||HMS Regent||Anchor, White Squadron|
|de Li'isle||September 12th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Variance||Commodore, White Squadron. Vice Admiral, Britannic Forces|
|Riding Rocks||September 18th, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable||Line, White Squadron. Troop Commander; Fortress.|
|Cat Island||September 28th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable||Commodore, White Squadron. Medic; Town.|
|Port-of-Spain||October 6th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable (Sunk)||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Belize||October 20th, 1724||Offence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable (Sunk)||Commodore, White Squadron. Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|West End||October 20th, 1724||Defence||Defeat||Integrity's Dream||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Turtling Bay||October 20th, 1724||Defence||Victory||HMS Irrefragable||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Fort-de-France||October 23rd, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Irrefragable||Commodore, White Squadron. Healer, Town.|
|Bluefields||October 23rd, 1724||Defence||Victory||HMS Irrefragable (sunk)||Rear Admiral - Britannic Forces. Captain, White Squadron|
|Port-of-Spain||October 24th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Irrefragable||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Nassau||October 24th, 1724||Defence||Victory||HMS Green Thunder||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces. Commodore, White Squadron|
|de L'isle||October 28th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Variance||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|St. John's||November 2nd, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces, Commodore White Group.|
|Bridgetown||November 3rd, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Irrefragable||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Spanish Town||November 3rd, 1724||Defence||Victory||HMS Variance||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces, Commodore; White Squadron.|
|Les Hattes||November 5th, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Variance||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Nassau||November 5th, 1724||Defence||Defeat||HMS Variance||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Portobello||December 6th, 1724||Offence||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Spanish Town||April 16th, 1725||Defence||Defeat||HMS Apotheosis (Heavily Damaged)||Commodore - White Group|
|Cayo de Marquis||April 26th, 1725||Defence||Defeat||HMS Apotheosis - Withdrew||Line, White Squadron|
|Havana||April 26th, 1725||Defence||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Cartagena||April 27th, 1725||Offence||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Bridgetown||May 23th, 1725||Offence||Defeat||HMS Royal George (Heavily damaged)||Vice Admiral - Britannic Forces, Commodore - Heavy Group|
|Cayo de Marquis||May 29th, 1725||Offence||Defeat||HMS Temperance (Broken up under fire)||Rear Admiral - Britannic Forces, Commodore - White Group|
|Belize||May 30th, 1725||Defence||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Commodore - White Group|
|Bridgetown||June 4th, 1725||Defence||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Commodore - White Group|
|Spanish Town||June 4th, 1725||Defence||Defeat||HMS Apotheosis (Heavily Damaged)||Commodore - White Group|
|West End||June 10th, 1725||Defence||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Commodore - White Group|
|Portobello||June 15th, 1725||Offensive||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Commodore - White Group, Commodore Colossal line|
|Golden Lake||June 15th, 1725||Offensive||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Commodore - Black Group, Healer - Town|
|Santiago||August 19th, 1725||Defensive||Victory||HMS Apotheosis||Admiral - Britannic Forces|
|Spanish Town||April 25thth, 1727||Defensive||Defeat||HMS Green Thunder||Commodore - White Group|