The two Union columns approach - the U.S.S. New Glory leading the North division and the U.S.S. Coeur D’Alene the Southernmost.
Turn 1. No rolls for anything so straight to initiative which the Confederates won 5 - 2 and so opted to allow the Union to move first.
The two Confederate ships quietly slipped away from their respective moorings as the first of the Union ships appeared in the mouth of the basin. The C.S.S. Secessionist quickly moved to engage the Yankee ships whilst the C.S.S. Jedidiah Cornpone took up position to the stern of the rebel ironclad, patiently looking for an opportunity to engage the enemy on her terms.
The U.S.S. New Glory rounded the point at the northern entrance and was greeted by the view of the harbour spread out before them and the ominous sight of the ironclad floating battery the C.S.S. Southern Belle. the captain wanted to reduce speed to better engage the anchored rebel battery and because he was fearful of the rumoured torpedoes said to have been deployed. Rear admiral Beare turned on him “Damn the torpedoes! Captain, go ahead, full speed!”
The U.S.S. Coeur D’Alene rounded the southernmost point of the inner basin and was greeted with a similar view to the flagship except that there was the not insignificant matter of a rebel ironclad heading straight for them and obviously intending to ram! The day had suddenly gotten a whole lot more complicated for the Union.
Turn 2. The C.S.S. Southern Belle opened fire on the U.S.S. New Glory and promptly missed. The C.S.S. Secessionist however score two hits from her forward battery against the U.S.S. Coeur D’Alene scoring two hits, one of which was a critical! The resultant roll was an engine hit and so her speed was reduced by one.The U.S.S. New Glory fired at the C.S.S. Southern Belle scoring 4 hits! No critical hit but three points of damage. Once again the Confederates won the initiative (5 - 1) and so the Union were asked to move first.
BOOM! The U.S.S. New Glory runs straight on to a command detonated torpedo and immediately takes on water. The damage is heavy but for the present controllable
Meanwhile both the C.S.S. Secessionist and the C.S.S. Jedidiah Cornpone simultaneously engaged the nearest Yankee ships by ramming! The C.S.S. Secessionist inflicted no damage on her target but the Jedidiah Cornpone was more successful although she suffered some damage of her own
The two Confederate ships backed away from their targets to ram them again - this time with catastrophic results for the U.S.S. Potomac as her hull was riven from beam to beam ash so she quickly sank beneath the waves. (Note the very impressive dice roll which generated 6 flotation points of damage!). The C.S.S. Secessionist, despite the fire raging in her gun dec, suffered no damage in return and so has no chance of being locked with her sinking adversary. The Jedidiah Cornpone attempted a similar feat but only slightly damaged her target whilst sustaining minor damage herself.
BOOM! The U.S.S. New Glory runs on to a second command detonated torpedo and this time it proves fatal. The ship settles quickly by the bow whilst the monitors prepare to enter the basin.