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[Game Thread] Voyage of the Vespa, January 1716

Nassau, Bahamas:

With the onset of the dry season, the weather has stabilized at around 72 degrees (F), with relatively calm seas and slow but steady winds. Typically this time of year there is not much storm activity in the sea, though along the Atlantic Seaboard things can get a bit rough.

Vespa:

Type: Cutter-Rigged Ship (Fore and Aft Mainsails, 3 Fore Staysails, 1 Mast, Long Bowspirit)
Length of Hull: 54ft
Beam: 18ft
Draft: 8ft
Gun Deck: 8 x 3lbders arranged Broadside
Quarterdeck: 2 x 1lb Swivel Guns
Crew: 25 Sailors (including PCs), 5 Marines
1 x Jolly Boat (6 oars)

5 Weeks of Supplies
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The Good Ship Vespa lies at anchor in Nassau harbor. Her crew makes her ready for her maiden voyage under her new leadership. Not yet known for acts of piracy, the crew has all the appearance of civilian sailors and ex-navy or army men, men for whom the chance of adventure and profit in the absence of lucrative privateering has proven enough to make them join the cause.

Where shall the Vespa first ply? There are no strong winds to force her to one ground or another, and with luck her sail plan will let her catch slower vessels lumbering at sea in this becalmed season.
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Lightbulb Intel driven pirates

Rather than setting sail at random immediately,
let's see if we can pick up some shipping news first.
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Lightbulb Intel

Just to get things started and not let the game stall on day one, I'll give you this 'freebie' Intel report.

Intelligence within the Republic of Pirates is numerous, but its veracity can always be in question unless someone has bribed or established a network of informants on the activities of shipping from other less 'seedy' ports.

"Word on the Docks":

--Shipping in the Mid Atlantic is rare and probably not of great importance.....Atlantic winter weather is out in force.

--Shipping from the South Atlantic/African Coast to the Caribbean colonies is steady, with ships passing on the sealanes into the Caribbean every few days to weeks.

--Coastal Shipping is out in numbers, this is a good time to move goods between the islands, including rum and dry goods, since the weather is favorable to smaller vessels and there is little chance of storm.
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As we're novices pirates, let's start small and prey on Coastal Shipping; transatlantic ships being a bit out of our league yet.

With the money we're going to make we can bribe people in the know for real good inside information.
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Oh ! OH!!

January 1716!

In November 1715 a Spanish treasure fleet of 10 galleons was wrecked by a hurricane along the Florida coast off Cape Canaveral northwards towards St Augustine. Almost all of the ships were wrecked against the shore in shallow water.

The Governor of Jamaica is issuing charters to ships to fight pirates and recover treasure. Two ships quickly returned with 120,000 Spanish gold pieces the took raiding Spanish storage huts where the Spanish were storing salvage along the desolate coast. This "recovery" was tolerated in Jamaica.

I think the Florida coast and the route from there to Havana should be our first area of operations. In addition to other activities we could raid the Spanish salvage parties at sea or ashore. Other ships trying to salvage or who are raiding the Spanish could also be targets. If we could get a charter from Jamaica we could basically call any ship with treasure a pirate if they don't have a charter. The governor authorized the two ships to use "any means".

Word of this was widespread around the Caribbean and these events pumped a lot of the wealth into the Bahamas.
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Those in his regular crew who know him better though, assure the rest of the cast he'll be back on Monday,

he might just be useful when he does
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I think the Florida coast and the route from there to Havana should be our first area of operations. In addition to other activities we could raid the Spanish salvage parties at sea or ashore. Other ships trying to salvage or who are raiding the Spanish could also be targets.
Excellent intelligence gathering WM +1 if I could rep you again so soon.


I second WM's idea that we should sail towards Florida and raid salvage parties at sea or ashore as we find them
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Winds are out of the North West. To get into St. Augustine both ships would have to turn a few points into the wind.

The brig is a few miles ahead and to the SW, sailing SSW.

The brig is square rigged, your ship is Cutter rigged.
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Schooners should be faster than Brigs, right?

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Well, your ship has a Cutter Rig, which is similar to a Sloop Rig with multiple fore staysails, making it easier to manage with small crews.

Overall, you can look up sail plans and their various strengths and weaknesses. Wiki has a not-terrible article on it that covers all the sail plans you should see. When you sight a vessel, the sighting report will ALWAYS include sail plan, unless it's a big ship, in which case you know it'll be a three masted ship rig.
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We should be both faster and better able to tack into the wind.

We want to close the distance butt at some point we should look to the opportunity to work our was a bit west of her to cut her off from St Augustine and get between her and the wind.
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According to the article on Ship Speed on Wikia, the Cutter can make up to 12 knots and gets best speed at a 45 degree heading (to the wind). It does not sail as efficiently downwind (180 degrees), speed dropping to around 10 knots. The Brigs best speed (around 12 knots) is when she is running before the wind.

If the Brig is far enough ahead of us, we will not catch her as she can move faster heading downwind. Our best chance at an intercept is when they are upwind.

Maybe we should let this one go and try to find the salvager camps? Maybe we can sneak up on their ships right offshore? The best target would be a boat heading South towards Saint Augustine...

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To Clarify

Prevailing Winds are out of the NW.

Therefore, had you all sailed straight towards St. Augustine from Nassau, you would have been beating against the wind very slowly while trying to cut between the islands and then running up the coast.

The ship sailed East from Nassau, cleared the isles, then tacked North on the open sea for a couple of days before turning West. This puts you NE of St. Augustine, in position to sweep through your chosen hunting ground with the wind at your back.

The ship you've spotted is maybe a mile W of you (inshore), and 2 leagues S of you. With the current winds, it would have to turn to the East (SE) to have the speed to outrun you (square rig in a straight down-wind stern chase). If it's headed for St. Augustine, it will have to wear to the West, which will slow it further. IOW, you can catch the ship.....the only things in question are how far out of the Fort can you catch it (really a skills check to see your closing rate), and if it's worth your while to do so or if you'd rather go hunting down the coast for something else.

I'll work on my descriptions of positioning and your sailing route. Also in the future I'll work on getting a more specific answer to the route rather than just presuming something (I was presuming that you wouldn't want to go through the narrow channel against the wind, with the possibility of being chased by any warships the Spanish might have sent to try to keep people off their gold). I've got a map I'm working with to do timing and such, but I can't just post it as it does and will have locations of both spotted ships and the various warships present.
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Does that mean we can fire each gun only once ?

A Brig could have as much as eighteen guns.
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{OOC: Unit of shot is how many 'engagements' you can fight. Figure a unit of shot as enough shot and powder to take on a ship of similar class in a gunnery duel for a typical length of time (30 minutes to an hour). So you're looking at something around 30 rounds per gun for your artillery.....but since I won't be micromanaging powder and shot for either cannon or small arms, I use the term 'unit of shot', so you have an idea as to whether you can get into an engagement or not.}
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