Naval Chronicle - 10 - January, 1722

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Captian Iredale, aboard his fifth-rate, hails the HMS Hope and Glory, 82, in dire need of stocks and repairs. She was safely escorted back to port by the fifth-rate.

Foreword

Finally having managed to push some of my shore duties to one side, the Editor is now keeping the Chronicle up-to-date once more. The end of last month and beginning of January has seen a lot of heavy fighting, and the Editor is pleased to report his presence in many of the major battles of late. Alongside, of course, many more of the esteemed Captains of the Squadron. The Squadron is as alive with spirit and action as ever, and we now are truly one of the major assets of the British Nation. Let us never forget our role in the closest fought war (last map) the Caribbean has seen.

Let us start the new year knowing that we are an integral part of the British war machine and that our Captains, ships and men have more than once been the difference between great victory and bitter defeat! Captains of St. George Squadron, I salute you and will fight alongisde you as war continues into 1722!


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 nominated by the Squadron's Captains that are to be distributed this month. They hereby announce this month's awards:


Award GC.gif Earl Middlemore

My Lords the Senior Officers,

I want to nominate Lord Middlemore for the highest of combat related medals, the George Cross, for his extraordinary feat during the Battle of Puerta de Plata on November 14th. As I was not there, please excuse any missing parts in the following description of the battle, as I am sure that Lord Middlemore himself will be more than happy to correct and/or fill in the blank areas.

The Battle of Puerta de Plata, the battle first believed to be the one that turned the tide of war in our favour for the remainder of the current map, was a great British victory over a heavy Spanish fleet. At one point, as the fleets clashed together at point blank range, Lord Middlemore, commanding the Superb, in a manaeuver most in keeping with the Royal Navy's strong tradition of unequalled bravery and cunning, rammed, boarded and carried a Spanish 1st-rate Ship of the Line. Yes my Lords, in a 4th-rate, traditionally having little to no chance against an enemy 1st-rate almost 300 men stronger, Lord Middlemore and his superbs managed to completely overwhelm the deck of the Spaniard and forced him to surrender. Eyewitnesses have informed me that Lord Middlemore was, indeed, the first man to set his foot upon the enemy's deck.

Lord Middlemore have already recieved his Distinguished Service Order, and I am aware that recieving the George Cross can only be the result of an act of extreme heroism. But if boarding an enemy 1st-rate of vastly superior numbers and guns, in the utter chaos and confusion of battle, the enemy having over 800 men fighting for their very home, and actually force the same enemy lineship to strike its colours, if this act of cunning and bravery, my Lords, is not extreme heroism, I can not in any way imagine what is.


I remain, my Lords, your most obedient, etc.

Sir Nathan Blatchford, 1st Bart.


Promotions

The Senior Officers convened in the end of last month to evaluate the actions and conduct of our Captains. Our Captains' rank and performance are considered and promotions are suggested by Senior Officers. They 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 Robert Middlemore

Rank Baron.jpg James Wilmore

Rank Knight.jpg Jessie Ashden

Rank Esquire.jpg James A. Clonfert

Rank Esquire.jpg Darius Bush

Rank Esquire.jpg Edward Southwick

Rank Master.jpg Sam Sparrow

Rank Master.jpg Simon Tredrea

Rank Master.jpg Geoffrey Thorpe

Rank Master.jpg Alexander Lias

Rank Master.jpg Shaun Jervis


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 Shaun Jervis

Rank Gentleman.jpg Keith Bosandy

Rank Gentleman.jpg Jan Zwelt

Rank Gentleman.jpg Vincent Keating

Rank Gentleman.jpg Sempera Navarre

Rank Gentleman.jpg Ed Primm

Rank Gentleman.jpg Will Hewitt

Rank Gentleman.jpg William Tollemache

Rank Gentleman.jpg Jack Naseby

Rank Gentleman.jpg Davis Cole


Ships Launched

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

Ship Class Captain Shipyard
HMS Diamond, 44 Capricieux Mastercraft, fifth-rate Captain Naseby McAvoy Yards
HMS Dreadnought, 54 Macedon, fourth-rate Captain Sir Nathan Blatchford McDella & Silver Yards
HMS Fearless, 54 Macedon, fourth-rate Captain Jervis
HMS Knucker, 54 Macedon, fourth-rate Captain Lias
HMHV Majestic, 48 Couronne, galleon Captain Paul Davis McDella & Silver Yards
HMS Melusine, 40 Hercules Sleek, fifth-rate Captain Lias
HMS Restless, 44 Mercy, Fifth-rate Captain Thorpe McDella & Silver Yards
HMS Resolution, 54 Macedon, fourth-rate Captain Thorpe McDella & Silver Yards
HMS Rose, 42 Tigre Mastercraft, fifth-rate Captain Naseby McAvoy Yards
HMS Scillonia, 36 Discovery, fifth-rate Captain Tredrea
HMS Speedwell, 44 Mercy, fifth-rate Captain Naseby McAvoy Yards
HMS Undaunted, 40 Hercules Sleek, fifth-rate Captain Pole


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.


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.

Contact: Walter Fletcher


William's Textile Business

Benjamin William's Textile Business provides quality sailcloth and canvas for the fighting ships of His Majesty's Royal Navy. If you are in need of these wares, contact Mr. Williams directly and he will be more than happy to oblige.

Contact: Benjamin Williams


Grimm's Mining and Recruitment

Christopher Grimm's enterprise is divided into two divisions, Mining and Recruitment. The mining business is situated in Belize, while the recruitment of experts is in Bluefields. At the moment, there is a lack of experts other than Carpenters, but there may be Sailmasters for hire in the near future.

Contact: Christopher Grimm


Bond Oak Products

Bond Oak Products provides shipwrights and Captains alike with ship-building materials.

Contacts: James Bond & J. R. Lapenotiere


Thorpes Fireworks

The newly opened Thorpes Fireworks ammunition store in Turtle Bay offers a wide asortment of supplies that you can't be without when the need shows up. The Manager, Elisabeth Thorpe is working hard at the moment to fill the stock for the new season and as peace in this area always seems fragile she belives in a BOOMING market.


Contacts: Elisabeth Thorpe & Geoffrey Thorpe


Blackbird Yards

Saluations - permit us to very fiercely recommend the Naval Stores that are manufactured by the Blackbird Yard. They are a superior purveyour of all small ships and a variety of other Naval Stores to include hull and sail patches and/or mods. They are a family owned independant shipyard here to serve discrimating Captains.

(Raw materials are a little low at the moment but as I increase my stock I will be able to complete orders fairly quickly. Presently expect 2-3 days for small/medium ships or 5 for large.)

Contacts: Shaun Jervis & William Jervis


Davis Ironworks

Manufacturer of Iron and Brass parts, Cannons and Ammunition.

Contact: Paul Davis


Squadron News

Treaty signed in Europe

The current situation in the Caribbean has led the political powers of Europe to sign a treaty granting our glorious Nation; Great Britain, considerable benefits in terms of tax and trade. The treaty, signed by the Regents of the European powers also returns all ports to their original owners. The East India Company is most pleased at seeing her ports returned, and greatly appreciates the new legislation now governing their trade. Open fighting is expected to break out within the next few days, however, as the Nations vie for dominance of the Caribbean once again.

The Dutch government has ranked the relative strengths of the Europeans nations, and the coalition of pirates in the Caribbean, from strongest to weakest accordingly:

BRITAIN.JPG Great Britain

PIRATE.JPG Pirates

FRANCE.JPG France

SPAIN.JPG Spain

Naval Engagements

Here follows a summary of 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 gives the amount of ships present, and the red number in brackets gives losses.

If any Captain finds any errors in the following account, feel free to edit the erroneous details. Also, the Editor cannot sufficiently stress the appreciation of each report to reach the Admiralty. So do, if at all possible, make a note or two to add to the Chronicle, and deliver it to Captain Viscount Collister via pm, mail or in person.


January 1st

Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (6) Victory
PIRATE.JPG Admiral le Perceur 24 (19) Defeat


January 2nd

Battle of Vieux Fort:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (6) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (15) Defeat


January 3rd

Battle of Port de Paix:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (4) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 24 (12) Defeat


Battle of Nassau:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Ladee 24 (10) Defeat



January 4th

Battle of Jaqueme:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (4) Defeat


Battle of West End:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Scotting 22 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 12 (1) Defeat



January 5th

First Engagement off Matthew Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Earl Middlemore HMS Cumberland, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Struck
PIRATE.JPG Xavier Aguidez Cursed Blade fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage


Second Engagement off Matthew Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Earl Middlemore HMS Cumberland, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Struck
PIRATE.JPG Hugues Le Perceur Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage


Engagement off Port Royal:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Earl Middlemore HMS Cumberland, Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
PIRATE.JPG Infect ed Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Struck


Engagement off Fort-de-France:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Viscount Collister HMS Aeolus, Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Received Critical Damage
PIRATE.JPG Sule Rule Red Devil fifth-rate Received Heavy Damage


Battle of Charlestown:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 21 (0) Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 9 (1) Defeat


Battle of New Orleans:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 22 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Angus 9 (1) Defeat


Battle of Fort de France:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 19 (3) Defeat



January 6th

Battle of Gibara:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 20 (5) Defeat



January 10th

Engagement off Port-de-Paix:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Sir Roderick Morrow Capricieux Mastercraft Received Critical Damage
SPAIN.JPG I'm on a Boat Capricieux Mastercraft Received Moderate Damage



January 12th

Battle of Irish Point:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Blackheart 24 (4) Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (11) Victory



January 14th

Battle of Matthew Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (1) Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 18 (3) Defeat



January 16th

Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 22 (3) Defeat


Battle of Charlestown:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (5) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Riet 23 (5) Defeat



January 17th

Battle of Jaqueme:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (5) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 23 (20) Defeat


Battle of Nassau:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Stooda 23 (3) Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 24 (22) Defeat


Battle of Port-de-Paix:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Cumberland 24 (5) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Riet 24 (15) Defeat


Battle of Leogane:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (23) Defeat
FRANCE.JPG Admirals le Danois et al. 24 (11) Victory



January 18th

Battle of West End:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Cumberland 16 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 8 (0) Defeat



January 19th

First Engagement off Spanish Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Olk O'Donnel, ISY Vengeance fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Victoria Brogsitter, ISY Vengeance fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Edward Carlisle, ISY Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Danny Agga, ISY Minerva Mastercraft fifth-rate Sunk
BRITAIN.JPG Captain the Marquess Seaborn HMS Maverick, Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Received Critical Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Earl Middlemore HMS Fearless, Mercy fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
FRANCE.JPG Ubert le Danois, LE Macedon fourth-rate Sunk
FRANCE.JPG AXE Vicious, LE Macedon fourth-rate Boarded and carried
FRANCE.JPG Angus Podgerreny, LE Hercules Mastercraft fifth-rate Boarded and carried
FRANCE.JPG Giles de l'Area, LE Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Sunk
FRANCE.JPG ?, LE Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Sunk


Second Engagement off Spanish Town:

Nat. Captain Ship Result
BRITAIN.JPG Olk O'Donnel, ISY Vengeance fifth-rate Sunk
BRITAIN.JPG Victoria Brogsitter, ISY Vengeance fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Captain the Marquess Seaborn HMS Maverick, Hercules Sleek fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Earl Middlemore HMS Fearless, Mercy fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Captain Sir Roderick Morrow HMS Revenge, Mercy fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
BRITAIN.JPG Captain the Lord Fletcher HMS Halfrida, Trinidad fifth-rate Received Moderate Damage
PIRATE.JPG ?, PdK Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Sunk
PIRATE.JPG ?, PdK Capricieux Mastercraft fifth-rate Sunk
PIRATE.JPG ?, PdK Hercules Heavy fifth-rate Sunk
PIRATE.JPG ?, PdK Cursed Blade fifth-rate Sunk
PIRATE.JPG ?, PdK Myrmidon Heavy fifth-rate Sunk



January 20th

Battle of Bridgetown:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (7) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (15) Defeat



January 21st

Battle of Turtling Bay:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Brogsitter 16 (0) Victory
PIRATE.JPG ? 13 (0) Defeat


Battle of Spanish Town:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Brogsitter 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 24 (14) Defeat



January 23rd

Battle of Cayo de Marquis:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (1) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Riet 24 (13) Defeat



January 24th

Battle of Orleans:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Brogsitter 24 (7) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Burton 24 (15) Defeat



January 25th

Battle of West End:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Brogsitter 24 (2) Victory
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Peres 24 (19) Defeat


Battle of Leogane:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (0) Victory
FRANCE.JPG ? 11 (0) Defeat



January 26th

Battle of Jaqueme:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Brogsitter 18 (2) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral Peres 17 (12) Defeat



January 28th

Battle of Puerta de Plata:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (1) Victory
SPAIN.JPG Admiral Stokes 21 (11) Defeat


Battle of Turtling Bay:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (20) Defeat
PIRATE.JPG Admiral de Badas 24 (16) Victory


Battle of Belize:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (6) Victory
PIRATE.JPG Admiral de Badas 24 (21) Defeat



January 29th

Battle of Cayo de Marquis:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Fire 24 (4) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 24 (16) Defeat


Battle of Nassau:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Cumberland 24 (4) Victory
FRANCE.JPG Admiral le Danois 23 (16) Defeat


Battle of De L'isle:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admiral Cumberland 24 (18) Defeat
PIRATE.JPG Admirals le Perceur, Rule & de Badas 24 (8) Victory



January 30th

Battle of Bluefields:

Nat. Admiral Ships Outcome
BRITAIN.JPG Admirals Blackheart and Brogsitter 24 (0) Victory
SPAIN.JPG ? 16 (0) Defeat



World News

Charles Paultem falls ill

Charles Paultem, 2nd Duke of Bolton, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, is very ill. The medic officers of the region say that he won't survive to the spring.


HMS Bourford soon off the stocks

The HMS Bourford, a 3rd rate Ship of the Line of 70 guns, is ready to fit her sails. The members of Deptford DY have acknowledged she will surely be launched in July. Captain John Forbes will be the Captain. The Bourford's first mission will be to set sails for Panama and continue with the blockade.


Ships Launched in Europe

The following ships were launched in Europe this month:

Ship Class Shipyard