Naval Chronicle - 03 - June, 1721

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HMS Nottingham (left), Captain Wallenstein, and HMS Hope and Glory (right), Captain Sir Will Collister, engaging a Spanish patrolling fleet off Cape de Vela

Foreword

The Naval Chronicle now moves into its third month, and the wealth of details on past months' actions and battles has grown substantially. Captain Blatchford wrote an impressive account of the Squadron's efforts to fulfill the orders of the Admiralty as directed by Captain Sir Robert Middlemore, and I look forward hopefully to similar events this month.

The Squadron finds itself in a precarious position as many Senior Officers have moved on to other offices in Europe and beyond. The editor asks all Captains of the Squadron to hold fast and support the decisions made in what will be an eventful month. The Squadron will stand firm and we will continue to serve His Majesty the King and further Britain's interests in the Caribbean.

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 MC.gif Captain Aidan Pryde, Esq.

Mr. Pryde did on June 19th engage 3 French players in the defence of a Britsh 1st rate commanded by a Jonathan Archer near Spanish Town. They sank two of the french players and nearly boarded the 3rd until its escape. As I was not there, this is hearsay, but I trust Mr. Pryde's account and believe him to have earned this medal.


Award CFB.gif Captain Sir William Benbow

Sirs, I would like to make mention of Captain Sir William Benbow, recognizing him for a contribution which I think warrants note.

Returning to action after a spell on land, I found my arsenal of ships sorely unfit to tackle the enemies of the crown, who have since armed themselves to the teeth. I was further disheartened to find the collapse of any central dockyard which could provide me with a ship, and though I had funds, I knew I could not look to the public markets for what I wanted.

Running into Benbow at The Grapes I told him of my misfortunes and that I was looking to obtain a new, sleek Herculese-class vessel, and knowing Benbow used to run his own shipyard, I inquired as to the possibility of making one.

He had one ready for me the next day.

I realize that the simple act of shipbuilding has not historically warranted commendation in the SGS, but I believe it noteworthy that a dedicated captain keeps his dockyard running at trim efficiency, largely on his own, while the rest of the society's economic ventures (including my own) are in shambles.

He got me back in to action much faster than I otherwise could have, and for that I nominate William Benbow for citation.

Nominated by: Captain the Baron James Maddox


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 Earl.jpg Captain Seth Seaborn

Rank Baron.jpg Captain Robert Middlemore

Rank Knight.jpg Captain J. R. Lapenotiere

Rank Esquire.jpg Captain Werner Hoffmann

Rank Esquire.jpg Captain Nathan Blatchford

Rank Esquire.jpg Captain Roderick Morrow

Rank Master.jpg Captain Jake Langston

Rank Master.jpg Captain Titus Wallenstein

Rank Master.jpg Captain Spencer Graves

Rank Master.jpg Captain Charles Morley

Rank Master.jpg Captain Matt Ryan

Rank Master.jpg Captain Mort Wilkes


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 Britannic Majesty's Royal Navy:

Rank Gentleman.jpg Reginald Cunningham

Rank Gentleman.jpg Morganis Horrs

Rank Gentleman.jpg Nathan Mandrake

Rank Gentleman.jpg Edward Maynard

Rank Gentleman.jpg Matt Ryan

Rank Gentleman.jpg William Whitlow

Rank Gentleman.jpg Mort Wilkes


Ships Launched

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

Ship Class Captain Shipyard
HMS Agincourt, 40 Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Captain Morrow
HMS Africa, 72 Wenden third-rate Captain Sir Will Collister Quilliam's Yard
HMS Challenge, 40 Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Captain Sir Robert Middlemore
HMS Enterprize, 72 Wenden third-rate Captain Castor
HMS Guardian, 20 Postillionen sixth-rate Mr. Mandrake
HMS Glory, 60 Poseidon fourth-rate Captain the Baron James Raleigh
HMS Indignant, 40 Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Captain the Baron James Maddox Pepys Shipyards
HMS Legionaire, 40 Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Captain Blatchford Windward Shipyards
HMS Newcastle, 44 Capricieux fifth-rate Captain Wallenstein
HMS Nottingham, 60 Poseidon fourth-rate Captain Wallenstein
HMHV Pallafox, 60 Poseidon fourth-rate Captain the Countess Dirty Nellie
HMHV Providence, 60 Poseidon fourth-rate Captain Paul Davis Windward Shipyards
HMS Relentless, 40 Hercules Heavy fifth-rate Captain Sir Robert Middlemore
HMS Resonant, 30 Stralsund Mastercraft fifth-rate Captain Graves Grey Shipyards
HMS Revenge, 44 Mercy fifth-rate Captain Morrow
HMHV Swan, 14 Curieuse Heavy Snow Captain Jesse Davis Port Royal Shipyards
HMS Tilbury, 44 Mercy fifth-rate Captain Wallenstein
HMS Vanguard, 92 Trinity second-rate Captain Sir Robert Middlemore Windward Shipyards


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


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


Pepys Naval Contracting

Our contracting business has been in operation in Turtling bay for close to 2 years now and we are quite experienced at build ships of all classes and sizes. We have built a second rate, three third rates and numerous small ships. We are one of the few firms that stock Lineship Bundles and operate on a contractual build basis. Please inquire or Samuel Pepys or William Benbow if you need to hire use for a building contract!

Contacts: Samuel Pepys & William Benbow


Fletcher Ironworks

Captain Walter Fletcher is proud to present his most excellent Ironworks. Situated in Puerto Cabezas, Fletcher Ironworks is built as the Navy Board Business Page Model.

Available to satisfy all your Iron needs.

Contacts: Walter Fletcher


WSW Shipyards

Ladies and Gentlemen of the SGS I would like to offer the sevices of WSW's shipyards should you be needing any assistance in the production of ships and outfittings please direct ingame mail to Emlyn Thomas with your requirements. To all SGS members i offer the terms of agreememnt that are:

Our pledge to you is to build and place your new ship with you within 24 hours of your order being placed all ships will be priced at the rate of cost+tax+structure upkeep+15 dubloons/hour for labour+10%. We can also outfit these ships with the best permanent outfittings available upon request.

We pride ourselves to be able to complete all orders with this expediance and to date have completed orders for Dirty Nellie, Robert Middlemore, Mort Wilkes, Captain Davies, Captain Morrow.

We have a vast stock of reserves available for ready use allowing us to complete these orders within the time frame above so feel free to drop me a line.

Contacts: Mark Jones & Emlyn Thomas


Squadron News

Lord Fletcher's return

Lord Fletcher has returned to the Squadron and retaken the helm. Viscount Seth Seaborn kept the Squadron's course steady during his absence and deserves great praise and the highest esteem for doing so. Also, during the month of June two other Senior Officers have rejoined the ranks of the Squadron. Viscount Bernard Richards and Earl Dai will now, together with Lord Fletcher and Viscount Seth Seaborn, form our newest rendition of the Senior Officer's Board. Stability is key, and the editor, for one, has no doubts in the leadership of the Squadron.


The Squadron Order of Battle

Captain Sir Robert Middlemore has finalized an excellent list of the ships available to the Squadron. The Squadron Order of Battle clearly displays the weight and importance of our Squadron in the Caribbean. At the end of each month information regarding the size and strength of our fleet will be drawn from this list and recorded in the Chronicle. The editor strongly suggests that all Captains add their ships to this list.


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.


June 1st

Battle of Orleans:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral blind eagle 24 (16) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral El Torbellino 24 (2) ? ? ? (1) ? ? (1) ? ? Victory



June 5th

Battle of Portobelo:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admirals Olk O'Donnel & Amber Stratos 24 (0) 0 0 1 (0) 2 (0) 21 (0) 0 0 Victory
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Darksteel 15 (3) 0 0 0 1 (0) 14 (3) 0 0 Defeat



June 6th

Engagement off Santiago:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Received Critical Damage
PIRATE.JPG Sule Rule Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage



June 7th

Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 24 (19) 0 4 (4) 1 (0) 1 (0) 18 (15) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Darksteel 24 (7) 0 0 0 0 24 (7) 0 0 Victory



June 9th

Battle of Port of Spain:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (12) 0 0 0 0 24 (12) 0 0 Victory
SPAIN.JPG ? 18 (17) 0 0 1 (1) 1 (1) 16 (15) 0 0 Defeat



June 11th

Engagement off Spanish Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result Notes
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Blatchford HMS Javelin, Tigre Mastercraft fifth-rate Recieved Heavy Damage British frigate disengaged
FRANCE.JPG Pierre Arrémoulit Discovery fifth-rate Recieved Heavy Damage


Battle of Maracaibo:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (18) ? (2) ? (2) ? (?) ? (?) ? (?) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Darksteel 24 (14) 0 0 0 1 (1) 23 (13) 0 0 Victory


Battle of Caracas:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 24 (20) 0 ? (?) ? (?) ? (0) ? (?) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 22 (8) 0 0 1 (0) 0 21 (8) 0 0 Victory



June 12th

Battle of Santo Domingo:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 21 (2) 0 0 1 (0) 2 (0) 18 (2) 0 0 Victory
SPAIN.JPG ? 17 (13) 0 0 1 (?) 0 15 (?) 0 1 (?) Defeat



June 14th

Battle of Riding Rocks:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 24 (14) 0 0 0 ? (0) ? (14) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (13) 0 0 2 (0) 0 22 (13) 0 0 Victory


Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (21) 0 0 ? (4) ? (?) ? (?) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Dos Canones 24 (1) 0 0 2 (0) 0 21 (1) 1 (0) 0 Victory



June 15th

Battle of Cartagena:

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


Battle of Orleans:

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



June 16th

Battle of Irish Point:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 16 (14) 0 0 0 2 (?) 14 (?) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (1) 0 0 4 (0) 0 20 (1) 0 0 Victory



June 18th

Battle of Basseterre:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Brogsitter 14 (3) 0 0 0 0 14 (3) 0 0 Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 16 (15) 0 0 1 (1) 5 (5) 10 (9) 0 0 Defeat


Battle of Puerto de Principe:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 24(17) 0 0 0 1 (1) 23 (16) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Dalton 22 (4) 0 0 1 (0) 0 21 (4) 0 0 Victory


Battle of Bridgetown:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Bennet 20(1) 0 0 1 (0) 2 (0) 17 (1) 0 0 Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Olivier le Vite 24 (1) 0 0 0 0 24 (1) 0 0 Victory



June 19th

Engagement off Portobelo:

Nat. Captain Ship Result Notes
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Sir Robert Middlemore HMS Challenge, Hercules sleek fifth-rate Undamaged
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Wallenstein HMS Tilbury, Mercy fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage
SPAIN.JPG Abraam Aurelio Intrepid fifth-rate Sunk Enemy fleet supported by 8 patrolling vessels


Battle of Portobelo:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 19 (16) 0 0 0 2 (?) 17 (?) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (2) 0 0 2 (0) 0 22 (2) 0 0 Victory


Battle of Port of Spain:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 14(1) 0 0 1 (0) 2 (1) 11 (0) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Lobos 24 (0) 0 0 0 0 24 (0) 0 0 Victory



June 22th

Battle of Santo Domingo:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 17 (5) 0 0 0 0 17 (5) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (0) 0 0 0 0 24 (0) 0 0 Victory



June 24th

Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome Notes
BRITAIN.JPG ? 15 (0) 0 0 0 0 15 (0) 0 0 Defeat British Fleet Disengaged
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Dalton 24 (0) 0 0 0 0 24 (0) 0 0 Victory



June 26th

Battle of Belize:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Bennet 24 (14) 2 (1) 1 (0) 6 (4) 3 (1) 12 (6) 0 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG Admiral DonQuiote Cervantes 24 (7) 0 0 2 (1) 1 (1) 21 (5) 0 0 Victory



June 28th

Battle of St. John's:

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


Battle of Maracaibo:

Nat. Admiral Ships 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths 6ths UVs Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG ? 16 (8) 0 0 0 0 15 (8) 1 (0) 0 Defeat
SPAIN.JPG ? 24 (0) 0 0 8 (0) 2 (0) 14 (0) 0 0 Victory



June 29th

Engagement off Matthew Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Sir Robert Middlemore HMS Challenge, Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Recieved Moderate Damage
PIRATE.JPG ? Cursed Blade fifth-rate Sunk


World News

Ships Launched in Europe

The following ships were launched in Europe this month:

Ship Class Shipyard
HMS Edinburgh, 70 Third-rate, 1719 Establishment Chatham DY