When I got back from vacation, I went to discard more of the books. The librarian had finished the job, and there before me were stacks of history books! I went through and picked out quite a few volumes. Right now my stepson is using my truck while he has his car repaired. I have been using my scooter to get to work, meaning I have to store the books until I get my truck back. However, three books I did take home were "The Battle of Lake Erie" by F. Van Wyck Mason, "The Age of Fighting Sail" by C.S. Forester, and "The Odyssey of the Essex" by Frank Dovovan. This got me thinking of naval battles again.
Any solo war gamer should get a subscription to the Lone Warrior" magazine. It is filled with ideas and rules for solo wargaming. One of my favorite contributors is Mike Crane. He makes fairly simple rules that can be played in a half hour or so. One game I have played is "Introduction to Fighting Rules for Sailing Ships" in Issue142. It is played using a grid board. There is a little paperwork involved as he uses a roster system to keep track of the damage to ships. So I dug out my model ships, a piece of paper, and playing board and in a few minutes had a game all set up.
|Red fleet is beating against the wind.|
|The fleets draw in parallel lines.|
|The Sultan starts the battle with a broadside to theTerror.|
|The Surprise, next in line, dismasts Terror's mizzen,|
but Terror's return broadside causes much damage to the Surprise.
|Both fleets start the general engagement.|
|Both fleets draw off.|
|Both fleets come about for the next pass.|
|The Tempest crosses Rose's "T", causing severe losses to the crew.|
|Sultan delivers a broadside to the Tempest, Tempest returns fire and demasts Sultan's mizzen mast.|
|Typhoon follows Tempest and delivers another devastating broadside to Sultan.|
|Terror brings up the rear; Sultan then losses it's foremast.|
|The Sultan staggers off to the north as the Surprise and Rose both turn their guns on the Terror.|
|Before Red fleet can do anything, Blue fleet swings around and closes rapidly on the Sultan. The Terrors broadside is too much for the Sultan, which quickly sinks.|
|As the Sultan goes down, the Surprise and Rose turns south and makes good their escape.|
|The Red fleet suffered 25 hits during the battle, the Blue 13.|