Hopefully I can get back on schedule this week. Tonight i fought the two naval actions at Hampton Roads, Virginia, that saw the introduction of ironclads to the American navies. Using "Memoir of Battle at Sea 1860-70" and some paper ship models downloaded from http://www.mayheminpaper.papermakeit.com/Squirmydad%27s_Madness/Downloads.html
I was able to fight two interesting battles in about a half hour.
The first action saw the CSS Virginia steam out to attack the
blockading vessels USS Congress and Cumberland. both Union ships were at
anchor, and had to "raise steam" by rolling a d6 each turn until they
each accumulated 12 points. They would then have a move of "1' on their
first turn, and full speed of '2' on the next.
Minnesota was run aground, and had to roll each turn to try to back off
the shoal. A d6 was rolled and the total tallied until "'25" was
The Virginia moved in against Congress first, trading shots as soon
as the two ships were in range. The ironclad placed a shell from the bow
rifle through the vitals of the wooden ship for two floatation hits on
her first shot. The southern vessel shrugged off a long range shot from
Continuing to close the range, both ships
fired with some effect. Congress continued to work to get up steam,
despite the hammering from the Virginia. Cumberland also readied for
Just as Virginia began to move up for a ramming attack, Congress hauled
anchor and left its mooring. Virginia turned to port, and the ships
traded broadsides, Congress began to sink.
Cumberland now was moving, trying to get out in front of the deadly
ram. she, too opened fire on the Confederate vessel. Virginia answered
with her bow gun.
Virginia again tried to turn in to ram, but the swifter vessel turned
away. Again, close range broadsides were exchanged. Again the deadly
Brooke rifles tore through the wooden walls of the US frigate.
Cumberland settled on the bottom. Virginia, feeling the effects of the
Northern guns, turned away to home, seeking repairs. She would return
for the grounded Minnesota in the morning.
(Between battles, I rolled a d3, to allow Virginia to repair some of
the five points of floatation damage taken in the first fight. Three
points were repaired that night).
On steaming past the
previous day's wreckage, Virginia's commander, Catesby ap Roger Jones
was interested to find a small turreted vessel in place guarding the
still-aground Minnesota. The monitor wasted no time in opening fire,
landing a hit before Virginia's guns were in range.
Virginia steamed straight at the Federal ironclad, intending to test the
ram. The Union captain moved his ship slightly, maintaining his
position between the southern ship and its helpless target. Again the
monitor landed a damaging shot on the armored ram.
Virginia turned to line up a ramming attack on the Union ship.
Monitor slipped in close to the monster. Both ships unloaded punishing
close range salvos. When the smoke cleared, both vessels back away from
their foes. Enough damage had been done. There would be a time to
settle this later.....
Enough damage had been done. There would be a time to
settle this later.....
Virginia succeeded in ramming another vessel,I was going to make a roll
to see if she lost the ram, as she did in the actual battle (1-3,
lost;4-6 still attached). One of the mounting flanges had been broken
when attaching the 'beak' to the ship, and never replaced, causing the
ram to be lost on day one. Amazingly, this was not noticed, despite the
taking on of water from the damage.
The game was played on an 8x11 hex board.
NEXT WEEK:The Naval Battle of Memphis! Ellet Rams Galore!