Big B -> RE: WAR OF 1812 (9/30/2007 12:38:10 AM)
If you are knowledged enough in this era, you can post your wishlist / features list here too, Hok will surely check it (or I will forward it).
My wish list, focusing on the War 1812 here,
An important part of American strategy for the War of 1812 was to disrupt the British economy by commerce raiding (capturing goods, but most importantly for the Americans - driving up insurance rates).
This was accomplished by numerous American privateers, but the US Navy heavy frigates and ship sloops available were an invaluable asset out of proportion to their numbers, because they not only shook the Royal Navy's 'habit of victory', once they slipped out of port, they would force the Royal Navy to put many times their number to sea to look for them (not unlike Bismark in WWII) - this also freed up US privateers to go safely marauding - who would otherwise have been blockaded and neutralized.
US Navy frigates and ship sloops operated in squadrons and individually.
SO - I would like to see these warships added to the game for both sides - they would play an important part in determining the economic part of the war (victory points, if you will). The more successful the Americans are at sea, the more pressure on the British to negotiate an end to the war. Conversely, the more successful the British are at sea(or rather - blockading the American coastline) the more the American economy suffers (causing political unrest) the more the Americans are pressured to end the war.
I think ships should be deployed in either single ship or multiple ship squadrons - posted to blockade duty, or sea lanes/areas, both for raider/cruisers and for patrol/escorts, with a chance of intercepting convoys, intercepting raiders, ship duals, escapes, etc.
The principal US Heavy Frigates available at start in 1812 are:
At Annapolis - Constitution (44); In New York, under Commodore Rodgers, - President (44), United States (44), Congress (38), along with the ship sloop Hornet (18), and the brig Argus (16)[Essex 32 is undergoing repairs @ NY]; In Washington - corvette Adams (28), [frigate New York (36)'in ordinary']; At sea - ship sloop Wasp (18), brig Nautilus (14); Fitting out at Baltimore - Constellation (38); fitting out in Boston - Chesapeake (38);
Three more heavy 44's were built during the war, Columbia (burned in Washington in 1814) Java(II), and Guerriere(II), plus 20 gun ship sloops of the Peacock and Ontario classes.
Theodore Roosevelt's Naval War of 1812 is online and a good resource readily available.
Principal Royal Navy ships on station at Halifax under Vice-Admiral Sawyer, at the wars beginning are:
Africa (SOL- 64), Guerriere(38), Belvidera (36), Shannon (38), Aeolus (32), Minerva (32), Southampton (32).
There are of course others on the west Atlantic station, and detailed Royal Navy ship assignments, by theater and year, are all listed here: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~pbtyc/Naval_History/Index.html (William James is an excellent source for Royal Navy affairs of this period - but heavily biased against America due to his being a prisoner during the war).
The Royal Navy kept a good number of ships on the American Station (Halifax to Bermuda), which increased as time went on - especially after Napoleon was defeated in 1814. Their primary assignment was blockade and keeping an eye on US Navy heavy Frigates, lest they slip to sea and disrupt commerce, or capture solitary British warships.
Also, the relatively small squadrons on the Great Lakes (from gunboats to 22 gun ships) ultimately decided the land war in the entire region. Ultimate American naval control on the lakes ended British offensive operations in the Lake Ontario area and Upper Canada. So again - naval power lays a deceive factor in the War of 1812, and should be included in some amount of detail. (one last note here - naval power on the lakes became so critical that both sides were building 110 gun - 120 gun Ships of the Line there...larger than Nelson's HMS Victory.)
I believe adding a bit more of a naval element would enhance the detail and flavor of the game - as well as draw many more enthusiasts to the game, who are sea-power oriented in interest.
I hope this helps spark interest.