|Finisterre - Carlos Parrilla Penagos|
The 80-gun Argonauta, flying the pennant of Admiral Gravina at her mizzen, and leading the van of the Combined Fleet, exchanges broadsides with HMS Hero in the van of Vice Admiral Sir Robert Calder's squadron during the Battle of Cape Finisterre 22nd July 1805
This first meeting of the Devon Wargames Group for 2022 saw me hosting a Kiss Me Hardy (KMH) set-to recreating the 'infamous' Battle of Cape Finisterre or more commonly known as 'Calder's Action' fought during the dramatic days of 1805 with Britain, in the grip of invasion anxiety with the new Emperor of the French Napoleon Bonaparte sat across the English Channel with his Grande Armee; eagerly anticipating his plans to bring a French style Armada into the narrow straits that would allow him the time to bring his army on to the English south coast and knock 'Perfidious Albion', that damnable nation of shopkeepers, out of the war once and for all.
|The set up illustration in the 2006 Summer Special |
shows a broad appreciation of the historical position of the
two fleets versus the wind at around 17.30.
|JJ's Wargames - Battle of Cape Finisterre, Ferrol or Calder's Action|
|Mark Adkins map from his Trafalgar Campaign helps give a better idea of the two opposing lines of battle and was one of the maps that helped me set up the table that you will see in our game.|
|The spotting table used for our game with 'Fog' applying to all range-sighting tests|
|The helpless Argonaute drifts into a collision with the Triumph to be boarded and taken under tow by the British third rate.|
|The second Spanish ship in the van, Terrible 74-guns attempts to come up in support of the flagship , just as she hauls down her colours.|
|Villeneuve and Dumonoir maintain line ahead as the French commander signals a disengage command|