The frigate battles of the War of 1812 were often one sided affairs when rash Royal Naval captains went up against the American super frigates only to find that they were heavily out gunned by these "pocket battleships" of their day. The Shannon vs Chesapeake action was, in those terms, a much more even affair with both ships carrying a similar broadside and crew compliment.
|Captains Broke and Lawrence|
|Shannon opens fire aiming to take down the rigging on Chesapeake with chain shot but the range is to far|
The Chesapeake increased sail and, having the wind, bore down on the Shannon. As the two ships closed the Shannon opened fire with chain shot on the Americans rigging, but misjudged the range and the fire fell short. As the Chesapeake closed, the Shannon tacked into wind and the two ships exchanged broadsides, as the Chesapeake passed downwind of the Shannon.
|As both ships close the range the first telling broadsides are exchanged|
With the range increased due to the damage to Shannon's wheel and the Chesapeake having the wind, the Shannon, after effecting repairs, was forced to tack back towards her quarry to try and end the duel. However the Chesapeake wasn't finished yet and succeeded in causing further hull damage and knocking out the repaired wheel yet again.
|Shannon with the wind gauge bore in for a close range triple shotted stern rake, badly damaging the Chesapeake|
|After several rounds of medium range cannon, the Shannon grapples|
|The Chesapeake strikes.|
Thanks to Nathan, Ollie and Jack for a very entertaining game.