Battle is joined!
Sketch Map of the opening positions of the two sides - the cartography department is very much a work in progress!
Turn 1. No fires or floods to roll for (phase 1) nor any firing as the range is too great. Initiative (phase 3) rolls were 4 for the Union and 5 for the Confederates meaning the Union move their ships first. After all the movement has been completed the effect of the current is taken in to consideration so all ships (except for the anchored Southern Belle) move one hex towards the Confederate baseline.
The strident crack of naval artillery rolled across the channel as not one but two Confedrate ironclads opened fire - both at the U.S.S. New Glory. Admiral Dursley was aghast, what had appeared to be a straightforward mission had now become much more complicated. He needed to get his full broadside into action and so ordered the helm swung hard over to the starboard. This would achieve two things - one good and one definitely not so good. The U.S.S. New Glory would be able to fully engage the rapidly closing rebel ship but in doing so would in turn be under fire from both ironclads. As the great ship ponderously answered the helm Dursley could not help but notice that the second Rebel ironclad, the one nearest the headland, did not appear to moving.
The C.S.S. Secessionist, in her haste to cross the front of the Southern Belle, forgot to allow for the current and so instead of having her on her port beam was now heading directly for her. Fortunately there was plenty of sea room although this meant the Secessionist, in order to avoid a collision, would be steaming into the heart of the Union fleet!
End Game. The U.S.S. Coeur D’Alene (second from right) limps slowly away from the action - the current in the Sawless Channel providing most of her motive power - whilst the remaining Union ships move to support her. The C.S.S. Secessionist (top right) circles warily in the distance.