Warlord games posted about the battle of turtle gut inlet. It was an interesting battle but really was more of a small boat boarding action. I decided, what if the US ships went out into the bay and escorted the brig? that would make an interesting battle. So here is alternate history with ships that were there and this easily could have happened.
Alternate battle of Turtle Gut. 29 June 1776
The British had blockaded the Deleware bay to prevent supplies from reaching Philidelphia which at the time was the busiest seaport in the colonies. At the time there were only a few ships on station and these could not move up the deleware river due to sandbars. We will ignore the 32 gun Orpheus and just use
6th rate 28 gun HMS Liverpool 4L 30 HP average crew
Sloop 14 gun HMS Kingfisher 2L 24 HP crack crew
The colonies have commissioned the brig Nancy to bring back gunpowder and shot from the Caribbean.
Brig Nancy 1L 18 HP average crew
Capt "father of the US navy" Barry is in the brig Lexington and is sailing out with the Reprisal to get the Nancy up river to Philadelphia.
Brig 14 guns USS Lexington 2L 18 HP elite crew
Brig 18 guns USS Reprisal 2L 18 HP crack crew
In Black Captain there is a different between the 4 pounders of the Lexington and the 6 pounders of the Reprisal. For Black Seas players that want a taste, roll a D6 for each hit from teh Lexington, on a "1" the hit is canceled. Post Captain players should be able to make the ship cards reasonable easy.
Initial set up Each hex 50 yards
Wind moderate blowing straight left to right. US running from left. Nancy in center British beating from right.
Nancy beats towards teh river at easy sail. Barry realizes he doesn't need to defeat the British, just delay them by getting in their way. So the Lexington turns to port and the Reprisal goes straight for a stern shot
Fun game that took forever only because of my schedule. It was a tactical british victory as they captured the Reprisal but an operational defeat as the Nancy got through. The rules seemed to work well and the scenario was fun. The change I would make would be to have the wind blowing from down to up on the pictures so that all ships would start out running. This would have give the british a better chance of catching up with the Nancy.