As I read more and more of "The War for All the Oceans" by Adkins, I am repeatedly struck by all of the storm damage to ships. In some instances, the damage is repaired in a harbor somewhere, but in other instances, these ships need to be in a port to make all of the repairs necessary (in some cases, coming close to sinking ships...and after Trafalgar, many, many ships (though these had possibly already had serious damage inflicted from the battle)).
Blockading fleets often had to stay out to keep up a blockade in the worst of weather conditions which would cause damage. Such damage during blockades was not a rare event. This damage had to be repaired.
Additionally, I was just reading about the Methuen Treaty between Portugal and England during the War of the Spanish Succession on Wikipedia (rated by Nature Magazine as being more accurate than Encyclopedia Brittanica):
"The early years of the War of Spanish Succession, in Flanders, had been rather fruitless. The Tory party in England was concerned about the cost of the war and felt that naval warfare was a much cheaper option with greater potential for success. Portugal offered the advantage of a deep water ports near the Mediterranean which could be used to counter the French Naval base at Toulon."
Again and again and again, in my reading, there is a benefit (imagined or implied) of having a naval base near by. This seems to be missing from CoG:EE to some extent. Storm damage would make it more valuable.
It seems that one major benefit of having a port nearby was that you could get to the port quickly and do your repairs. All of your ships spent more time "on station" than they did running back and forth between ports. One could represent this either by actually damaging ships randomly when they get caught in a storm...the player then has to send damaged ships back to port, just as he would for battle damage, OR one could do this by giving the fleet some kind of bonus IF it is acting near a friendly port.
QUESTION: Can nations friendly to each other use each other's ports if the correct/required treaties are signed?
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