From: Southern California
*****Bridge of SS Montanes, a commercial vessel of Fillipino registry, now nationalized by the Govt. of the Philippines, 160 SSE of Luzon, 09:20, dec. 9, 1941******
Capt. Co-casquejo has orders to get his vessel safely to Australia by whatever route he deems best, avoiding contact with the enemy, if possible. He has been warned the greatest risk are the Japanese escort carriers, which have not been spotted, but are assumed to be nearby because that is what all the Japanese players do. The Capt. is the kind who like to jump off roofs and clib trees with flimsy branches when he was a child. He once purposely destroyed a beehive to see if he could outrun the bees. He couldn't, but it made for a good story. The ship has no fixed weapons but they were outfitted with a M1917 Browning machine gun surrounded by sandbags near the bow. As the ship emerges from mist, there is a cry from the lookout, "enemy cruisers and carriers our port bow!"
Capt. Co-casquejo: <quickly decides the report is correct, perhaps 20,000 yds bearing 170. He will have to close range to bring the M1917 within range. As his deck is "lightly" armored, he will be vulnerable to plunging fire as he closes, just like Hood. Truth be told everything is "lightly" armored but that is the kind of thing a man like the Captain really doesn't think about.>
Make course 170! All ahead flank. BATTLE STATIONS! <quietly> Time to knock over a bee hive.