Naval Chronicle - 02 - May, 1721

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HMS Heartsease (left), Blatchford, and HMS Hope and Glory (right), Collister, investigating ruins on the Spanish Main

Foreword

The first edition of the Naval Chronicle turned out very well indeed. I am most pleased with the result and can happily note the increasing success with which our Port Battles were fought towards the end of the month. Captain Middlemore submitted an excellent account of the Council of War meeting in Port Royal, and I would like to encourage other Captains to send in similar accounts or other treatises to be published in the Chronicle.

Enjoy!


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Admiralty News

Awards

The Senior Officers have discussed and voted in accordance with the rules of the Squadron for those medals that are to be distributed this month. They hereby announce this month's awards:

Award DSC.gif James Maddox

I want to nominate Captain Sir James Maddox for a Distinguished Service Cross.

His bold actions in the Port Battle in Spanish Town (16. May) helped the Invincible first rate of Captain Bennet Cumberland to survive the fight and the later sacrifice of his Archelon Frigate, while covering the sterns of our colossal groups deserves to be honoured.

Without his actions our losses in battle would have been much higher and more expensive. As I have already written in my After Action Report.

Nominated by: Captain the Baron Leo Davis


Award MC.gif Nathan Blatchford

Captain Blatchford has, over the course of the last month, filled up the Chronicle with his exploits aboard the Javelin. He has repeatedly placed himself in combat, and has defeated several of the King's enemies and sunk two fifth-rates. His courage, audacity and seamanship all testify to his skill as a Captain.

Captain Blatchford is a budding frigate Captain whose name will surely before long be known across the Caribbean. His actions have, in my opinion, earned him the honour of wearing a Military Cross in recognition of his service so far.

Nominated by: Captain Sir Will Collister


Award MC.gif Nicholas Ventura

There were two outstanding acts of PvP heroism by SGS captains at the May 16th port battle at Spanish Town against France: Captain Maddox's suicidal defence of a First Rate, and Captain Lyden's equally suicidal charge to successfully finish off and sink a French Second Rate. Both of these received their due public praise in the aftermath, and I considered recommending them for a medal (as I'm sure others will too).

But given that they are likely to receive other nominations, I thought it worth flagging up a third, perhaps less outright spectacular, but equal if not more important demonstration of skill and bravery by SGS that night - the actions of Captain Nicholas Ventura.

I am not sure if Captain Ventura was leading the Green Group of frigates charged with protecting the sterns of the Colossals in the battle, but he acted and sounded like it where nobody else did so. Regardless of whether he was the official group leader, his voice could be constantly heard giving calm, measured, concise maneouvring orders and firing targets, as well as relaying situation reports to the Fleet Admiral at the front of the formation.

He consistently ordered himself and his group into the most desperate and vulnerable positions, bearing the brunt of horrific French flanking maneouvres and successfully soaking up their fire and cutting off their doubling attempts on at least two major occasions, ensuring the Colossals were well-protected. Despite being repeatedly personally targetted and primaried, he remained calm and concerned only with calling for Guardians and Blocks for his group-mates rather than himself, and ensuring they remained well-ordered and in-position even when outnumbered and facing half the French fleet on their own - a position he remained in until the very last moment when ordered out, and then was able to lead most of the group away from when surely more Green ships should have been lost.

He may not have personally pulled off any single, individual heroic manouevre, but in my view he did something just as crucial: he kept a group disciplined, calm, and focused in the face of overwhelming odds. He ensured that they did their job, and did it excellently, and there is no doubt in my mind that were it not for Captain Ventura's brilliant demonstration of brave and dogged leadership throughout the whole battle, far more British colossals would have been lost.

Nominated by: Captain Sir Robert Middlemore


Award MC.gif Francis Lyden

I would like to nominate Captain Francis Lyden for a Military Cross.

His selfless actions in the Spanish Town Port Battle (16. May) helped our fleet to sink at least three french capital ships, which otherwise would have been able to find cover and repair. His bold maneuvers put him in the harms way countless times and led finally to the loss of his Mordaunt Sleek fourth rate. but without his maneuvers and the damage he inflicted to hte enemy the losses of the french would have been much lower. His actions in the battle were also highly praised by the Port Battle leaders. Which is also mentioned in my After Action Report.

Nominated by: Captain the Baron Leo Davis


Award CFB.gif Nexeo Grey

I would recommend that Captain Nexeo Grey receives this for his splendid initiative to build a strong economy and fleet in the Squadron.

Nominated by: Captain James Wilmore


Promotions

The senior officers have voted on this month's promotions, in accordance with the rules governing the Squadron, and have seen fit to promote the following officers:

Rank Baron.jpg James Maddox

Rank Baron.jpg Leo Davis

Rank Knight.jpg Will Collister

Rank Knight.jpg Robert Middlemore

Rank Esquire.jpg Nexeo Grey

Rank Esquire.jpg Henrik Highway

Rank Esquire.jpg James Wilmore

Rank Esquire.jpg Nicholas Ventura

Rank Master.jpg James Cowan

Rank Master.jpg Victor Dist

Rank Master.jpg Francis Lyden

Rank Master.jpg Kyle McAvoy

Rank Master.jpg Roderick Morrow

Rank Master.jpg Louis Mountbatten


Recruits

The following Captains have joined our honourable Squadron. We bid them welcome and look forward to sailing alongside them into the fray of many a battle to further the interests of His Brittanic Majesty's Royal Navy:

Rank Gentleman.jpg James Cowan

Rank Gentleman.jpg William Clinton

Rank Gentleman.jpg Spencer Graves

Rank Gentleman.jpg James Hesketh

Rank Gentleman.jpg John Paul Jones

Rank Gentleman.jpg Adrian Lamport

Rank Gentleman.jpg Jake Langston

Rank Gentleman.jpg Francis Lyden

Rank Gentleman.jpg Charles Morley

Rank Gentleman.jpg Titus Wallenstein

Rank Gentleman.jpg Jonathan Wignall


Ships Launched

The following ships have been launched and commissioned to Captains of the St. George Squadron:

Ship Class Captain Shipyard
HMS Adventure, 54 Alexander fourth-rate Captain Roderick Morrow
HMS Ares, 42 Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Captain Roderick Morrow
HMS Dreadnaught, 44 Mercy fifth-rate Captain Victor Dist Quilliam's Yard
HMS Ethalion, 42 Archelon fifth-rate Captain James Maddox
HMS Guardian, 20 Postillionen sixth-rate Captain Titus Wallenstein
HMS Hope and Glory, 82 Triumphant second-rate Captain Will Collister Quilliam's Yard
HMS Inferno, 40 Hercules Heavy fifth-rate Captain William Benbow
HMS Lady Provost, 0 Defiant Stripped fifth-rate Captain James Wilmore
HMS Oberon, 52 Reason fourth-rate Captain Kyle McAvoy
HMS Pelican, 16 Lexington brig Captain Jonathan Wignall Grey Shipyards
HMS Predator, 42 Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Captain James Castor
HMS Resonant, 28 Stralsund fifth-rate Captain Spencer Graves
HMS Saint Andrew, 36 Raa Mastercraft fifth-rate Captain Titus Wallenstein
HMS Sirius, 52 Reason fourth-rate Captain Kyle McAvoy
HMS Sunderland, 54 Alexander fourth-rate Captain James Wilmore
HMS Surprise, 28 Stralsund fifth-rate Captain Titus Wallenstein Cowan Drydocks
HMS Templar, 12 Van Hoorn snow Captain James Hesketh Grey Shipyards
HMS Thunderer, 60 Poseidon fourth-rate Captain William Benbow
HMS Victory, 52 Reason fourth-rate Captain Victor Dist
HMHV Waverunner, 28 Mignone indiaman Captain James Cowan Cowan Drydocks


Services and businesses

Here follows a list of the major shipyards, plantations, mining industries, etc., present in the Caribbean which offer their services to the Squadron.

Lao's Provisionings

Mr. Lao is the owner of Lao's Provisionings; a professional supplier of ship provisions for shipyards and individuals alike. Famous for his Mr. Lao's Chicken, he is well-known on the lower deck for providing both tasty and healthy food for British seamen.

Contact: Kai Chang Lao.


Lupus Enterprises

Mr. Lupus is the proprietor of the Wolf's Wood Trade and Sweet Fang Supplies. He produces and sells teak planks, refined sugar, molasses and, to a lesser extent, common wine. Mr. Lupus can proudly boast a healthy surplus of molasses and sizeable stocks of teak and sugar.

Contact: James Lupus.


Grey Shipyards

Grey Shipyards have the capacity to produce any vessel. They are a well organised and structured company and this is reflected in their delivery times. An excellent choice of contractor for the Captain considering a new command.

Contacts: Munitia Grey, Nexeo Grey.


Cowan Drydocks

Cowan Drydocks are most known for their production of the Navies work horses. They produce the best quality frigates and regularly supply ships to sail the seas. They prefer to build ships that can be completed quickly to free up dock space, although can also, of course, build the larger Ships of the Line when the need is great.

Contacts: James Cowan.


Squadron News

Treaty signed in Europe

Spain has capitalized politically on its current dominance in the Caribbean; a treaty has been signed by the Regents of Great Britain, Spain and France which will return all ports to their original owners but also grants Spain several advantageous taxation regulations. The East India Company and French Trading Companies will have to abide to this legislation until such a time as it can be overturned. Great Britain intends on retaking the control of the Caribbean theatre and scrapping this new legislation, and so open conflict can be awaited once more within short. The neutral, and hence unbiased, Dutch government has ranked the relative strengths of the European nations in the Caribbean, from strongest to weakest, accordingly:

SPAIN.JPG Spain

BRITAIN.JPG Great Britain

PIRATE.JPG Pirates

FRANCE.JPG France


Lord Fletcher resigns

The honourable Lord Fletcher has resigned from his post as Sea Lord, having served as such for no less than five years and three months. His inevitable move upwards into the canon of British Naval society has taken him to offices of greater weight and importance to Great Britain. Though the Squadron will lose a great man and a great leader, the Senior Officers of the Squadron feel confident that a swift transition will be executed between Lord Fletcher's leadership and a new order.

We must endeavour to honour the leadership and previous office of Lord Fletcher through our future actions, and make sure that the name of the Squadron continues to live on.


The Right of the Reel

To Lord Viscount Seth Seaborn, Viscount Torringon, and the Most Honourable Lords of the Admiralty,


My Lords, on May 9th in this year of 1721, I had the Honour and Privilege to recieve Orders from Captain Sir Robert Middlemore Directing Captains Sir William Collister, William Blakeny, James Castor and Myself to dock at Port Royal, there to Proceed without the Loss of a Minute to the Naval Headquarters in said Port...

As we entered the Headquarters, Sir Robert was standing near a table, shuffling through some papers. Lifting his head at the sound of our footsteps and recognizing our faces, he wished us welcome, and after an exchange of pleasantries and civil questions about our journey, he asked us to step closer to the table. "Gentlemen" he said as he took a last glance at a piece of paper, "The situation is dire, and a competent set of discreet captains are called for." Exchanging private looks (the captains present had many virtues, though few had ever been commended for discretion) we waited for Sir Robert to continue. "Some time ago" said he, "the Vaquelin, a French packet-boat, were seen setting sail from Brest. It is expected to arrive in the Caribbean shortly. Pray have a look at these charts, gentlemen." Sir Robert unrolled a map of the West Indies, weighing it down with a candle and an ink jar. While looking at the charts we were told that the boat, most likely a cutter or a sloop, was under the command of a Monsieur Sebastien Ricaud, and that this man had certain papers of immense interest to the Admiralty. It was expected that the Vaquelin was headed for the coast of Florida, and that in order to seize the papers she had to be intercepted before she reached her destination. "Time is of the essense, gentlemen" said Sir Robert, "The packet-boat might have arrived in these waters already, and it is imperative that you should find her exact position as quickly as possible. It is expected that her presence shall be noticed by local fishermen, and I strongly suggest seeking out someone with local knowledge of the North-Eastern edge of the Caribbean." We waited as he shuffled through another stack of documents before pausing on a brown piece of paper, moving it closer to the candlelight. "There so happens to be such a man with the name of Jeremiah Watson in Spanish Town. He may have information on the Vaquelin's whereabouts. Now then, any questions, gentlemen?" A question was raised about the use of false colours as a ruse the guerre. We were told that the usual conduct of war applied, and that our ensigns could remain on deck as long as they were raised before the first shot was fired. Sir Robert told us that unfortunately, he could not join us in this mission, as his ship, the Warrior, was undergoing repairs and maintenance of such importance that her captain had to be present. He shook our hands, wished us the best of luck, and returned to his examination of the charts as we left the Headquarters.

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Due to his Rank and Stature, Sir William was the Natural Choice for the Position as Commodore, and after hoisting his Broad Pennant and giving the Signal for Line Astern, His Majesty's Vessels the Triton, Javelin and Merciless set course for Spanish Town. Captain Blakeny had at this time Recieved Orders from the Admiralty that was to take Precedence over this Particular Assignment. Upon reaching said Port, we made our way to the local Drinking House in Search of Mr. Watson...

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The Weeping Spaniard was not one of your clean, quiet, well-run inns, and as we entered the main room a nearby group of sailors dancing drunkenly suddenly froze at the sight of our naval uniforms. The hum of conversation stopped and a group of sinister-looking fellows in dark, ragged coats turned to scowl at us. So much for discretion. As we walked deliberately over to the bar however, the noise regained its strength, and leaning close to the bartender Sir William asked quietly after the man we sought. He recieved a discreet nod towards a bearded man in a dark brown coat at the end of the bar, and as we positioned ourselves behind him Sir William asked him in an authorative voice if he was indeed Mr. Watson. In a gesture of extreme rudeness the man did not even turn around, but only said that he was and then asked us who we were to ask after him. In an impressive display of restrain, Sir William ignored Mr. Watson's question and asked after the Vaquelin and if he knew her exact position. The situation of three King's Officers asking him for information seemed to amuse the bearded man, for he took his time, giving us half-useful hints and bits of information, his silent demand for compensation loud in our ears. Drawing his sword, Sir William shouted "I've had enough of this thoughtless toying with serious business sir, and do not turn your back on a King's Officer when he is adressing you, God damn your soul! Now answer my questions or I shall run you through this instant!"

I am happy to Report that through Sir William's Excellent Display of Peaceful Negotiation, Mr. Watson willingly gave us the Vaquelin's last Reported Position. By our Reckoning, it was Probable to find her due West of Sommer's Isle, and after Ordering a Line Abreast, with Fifty Miles of Searoom between each of His Majesty's Ships, Sir William set course North by East to Intercept the Frenchman...

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"On deck, there!", Old Eagle's confident voice reached the crowded quarterdeck of the Javelin from high above, "Sail ho! Two points off the larboard bow! She's a cutter, allright." he added in a satisfied undertone. She was right where she should be, or near enough. We had expected her to be more to the West of the island North-East of us if Mr. Watson's now dark brown marking of the chart (For he had nicked his finger to write in his own blood, for want of a pen) was correct, not South-West of it. But there was no doubting her nationality, or course, or description, and with the signal Enemy spotted N by E bearing SSW streaming from her mizzen, the Javelin gave chase. The Vaquelin was a very fast vessel and she was handled well, and was it not for excellent coordination between the Squadron ships, she might have slipped away. With British frigates on every side, firing dismantling-shot at her rigging, the Vaquelin soon lost headway. Positioning the Javelin so that her next broadside would blow the cutter out of the water, I fetched my speaking-trumped and drew a deep breath. In my broken French, I cried "Cutter Franchais! C'est le frégate anglais, the Javelin! Frapp vos couleurs! Vous no pas escape! No escape, sir!" I waited for a reasonable time before repeating the words, and when she still didn't show any signs of striking, I angrily told to the Master to "lay the ship alongside, grapples at the ready, boarders away on my signal." The Javelin looming over the Vaquelin, massive next to the small cutter, hooks flying out from her, and presently the cheer of the boarders. A hundred javelins quickly overwhelmed the small deck of the boat. The Frenchmen fought gallantly but they were quickly cut down, and Monsieur Ricaud's desperate cries of "Je me rends, Monsieur! Je me rends!" came a moment too late. Recieving a murderous blow from a hatchet he collapsed on his quarterdeck. Roaring "Vast fighting, there! Vast fighting, God damn your eyes! Can't you see she has struck?", I looked sadly at the French colours lying on the deck, soaked through with blood. It had been lying there for some time.

As we had no notion of the Look, Size or Contents of the Documents we were Assigned to Take, and the Unfortunate Death of Msr. Ricaud, we searched the cutter from Stem to Stern, and Took out of her any Paper and Written Word we could find. After reading some of the Captured Documents' content, Sir William decided to investigate Sommer's Isle more Closely, and Ordered Captain Castor and Myself to Return to Port Royal, there to hand in the Captured Documents to Sir Robert. To our Extreme Satisfaction, the Correct and Vital Documents were Indeed among the Papers that we had Taken out of the Vauqelin. The Documents, we were Told, was Immediately Forwarded to Naval Intelligence. The Mission was a Clear, Unmistakable Success.


I remain, my Lords, your most humble, obedient servant,

Nathaniel Blatchford, Royal Navy


Naval Engagements

Here follows a summary of all engagements, actions and battles, in which our British ships have taken part during the month. For ship-to-ship duels and flotilla actions, the result column depicts the damage given to each ship. Critical damage in this column represents that the ship sank but lost a point of durability rather than being lost forever.

The red text depicting losses is also used in tables summarizing Port Battles. The black number under each column gives the amount of ships of that class present, and the red number in brackets gives losses from that group.

If any Captain finds any errors in the following account, feel free to edit the erroneous details.


May 1st

Battle of Port of Spain:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (8) 0 0 1 (0) 0 23 (8) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (14) 0 0 7 (?) 4 (?) 12 (?) 0 0 Victory



May 2nd

Engagement off Fort-de-France:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Light Damage
SPAIN.JPG Miguel Contador Discovery fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage



Engagement off Santo Dominigo:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
FRANCE.JPG Pierre Arrémoulit Minerva Mastercraft fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage



Engagement off Island Harbour:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG Dos Another One Intrepid fifth-rate Received Light Damage
SPAIN.JPG Miguel Contador Discovery fifth-rate Received Light Damage
SPAIN.JPG Gaizka Garcia Bermuda sloop-of-war Received Light Damage



May 3rd

Engagement off San Juan:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Light Damage
SPAIN.JPG Luis Hackett Intrepid fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage



Engagement off San Juan:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG El Torbellino Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Received Light Damage
SPAIN.JPG Miguel Contador Discovery fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage



Battle of Santa Clara:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Delarge 24 (0) 1 (0) 1 (0) ? ? ? ? ? Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 24 (0) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Defeat



May 4th

Engagement off Spanish Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result Notes
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Collister HMS Triton, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Undamaged British fleet disengaged
BRITAIN.JPG HENRY RALEIGH Conquistador Sleek fifth-rate Undamaged
BRITAIN.JPG jack dragon Stralsund Mastercraft fifth-rate Undamaged
FRANCE.JPG In Ferno Intrepid fifth-rate Undamaged French fleet supported by 8 patrolling vessels
FRANCE.JPG Monsieur Firth Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Undamaged
FRANCE.JPG si le sorcerer Intrepid fifth-rate Undamaged


Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 19 (0) 1 (0) 0 1( 0) 1 (0) 16 (0) 0 0 Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 13 (3) 0 0 0 0 13 (3) 0 0 Defeat



May 7th

Battle of Nassau:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (0) 0 0 1 (0) 4 (0) 19 (0) 0 0 Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 21 (16) 0 0 0 0 20 (15) 0 1 (1) Defeat


Battle of Roseau:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admirals Blackheart & Royan 24 (22) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (4) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Victory



May 9th

Engagement off Gibara:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Heavy Damage
PIRATE.JPG Matt s'Fallen Myrmidon Mastercraft fifth-rate Sunk


Second engagement off Gibara:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage
PIRATE.JPG Fras Frassan Tigre fifth-rate Sunk


Engagement off Matthew Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG Syko Paatti Discovery fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage


Engagement off Port Royal:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG Miguel Contador Discovery fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage



May 10th

Engagement:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG Banana Boat Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage


Second engagement:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG Lera el Benigno Raa Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Heavy Damage
SPAIN.JPG Ice Hola Intrepid fifth-rate Recieved Light Damage



May 12th

Engagement off Irish Point:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Collister HMS Triton, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
PIRATE.JPG Vincent Rave Mercy fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage



May 14th

Battle of Roseau:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Tikky 24 (2) 0 0 0 0 24 (2) 0 0 Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 19 (9) 0 0 1 (0) 0 18 (8) 1 (1) 0 Defeat



May 15th

Engagement off Ruddy Cove:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
FRANCE.JPG Pierre Arrémoulit Tigre Sleek fifth-rate Recieved Heavy Damage


Second engagement off Ruddy Cove:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG Dos Another One Intrepid fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage



May 16th

Battle of Riding Rocks:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (10) 1 (0) 0 0 3 (0) 20 (9) 0 0 Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 21 (19) 0 0 2 (1) 0 19 (18) 0 0 Defeat


Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (9) ? (0) ? (1) ? (1) ? (1) 0 (6) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Ubert, et. al 24 (5) 3 (0) ? (2) ? (1) 0 ? (2) 0 0 Victory



May 18th

Battle of West End:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Tikky 17 (8) 2 (0) 1 (0) 0 0 13 (8) 0 1 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral deMontford 19 (18) 0 0 0 0 19 (18) 0 0 Defeat



May 20th

Engagement off Havana:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Middlemore HMS Fearless, Mercy fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage
PIRATE.JPG Kpt Van der Tann Mercy fifth-rate Sunk


Battle of Turtling Bay:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral eagle 24 (14) 6 (5) 5 (3) 4 (2) 2 (1) 7 (3) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (3) 3 (0) 3 (0) 9 (3) 1 (0) 8 (0) 0 0 Victory



May 21st

Engagement off Jaqueme:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage
PIRATE.JPG Rascal le Français Cursed Blade fifth-rate Recieved Light Damage



May 22nd

Battle of Cartagena:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome Notes
BRITAIN.JPG ? 24 (0) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Victory
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Dalton 9 (0) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Defeat Spanish Fleet retreated



May 23rd

Battle of Jaqueme:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Tikky 24 (3) 0 0 0 0 24 (3) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (1) 3 (0) 3 (0) 2 (1) 1 (0) 15 (0) 0 0 Victory



May 25th

Battle of Belize:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome Notes
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Dasquet 22 (3) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 13 (2) 0 0 0 1 (1) 12 (1) 0 0 Defeat Pirate fleet retreated


Battle of Roseau:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Tikky 21 (0) 0 0 0 0 21 (0) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Firth 24 (3) 0 3 (0) 2 (0) 0 19 (3) 0 0 Victory


Battle of Roseau:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome Notes
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Royan 6 (1) 0 0 1 (0) 0 5 (1) 0 0 Defeat British fleet disengages tactically
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (0) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Victory



May 26th

Battle of West End:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 17 (12) 0 0 0 0 17 (12) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Zero Zero Seven 19 (5) 0 0 0 0 19 (5) 0 0 Victory


Battle of Leogane:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 22 (3) 0 0 0 0 22 (3) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (4) ? ? (2) ? (1) ? ? (1) 0 0 Victory



May 29th

Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 24 (4) ? ? ? ? (1) ? (3) ? ? Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 18 (0) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Victory



World News

Ships Launched in Europe

The following ships were launched in Europe this month:

Ship Class Shipyard
HMS Ferret, 8 Unrated, Sloop Woolwich DY


Pope Innocent XIII becomes 244th Pope

Pope Innocent XIII succeeds Pope Clement XI and becomes the 244th Pope. Other than his annoying habit of supporting James Stuart, he has aired few political views. The editor sincerely hopes that he, along with the rest of the Papists, keeps his opinions of British affairs to himself.