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Frogwatch 10-24-2013 09:05 PM

Last battle between sailing vessels
 
I do not remember where I read this but one of the very last naval battles of WW2 was between 2 sailing vessels. They were Junks in China, one carrying Japanese soldiers leaving China and another carrying U.S. marines. The japanese got too uppity and attacked the marines. The marines happened to be armed with a bazooka.

Harborless 10-25-2013 09:38 AM

Re: Last battle between sailing vessels
 
Ive been reading some about single ship battles between sailing vessels and I find it very cool stuff. Apart from the engagemments themselves, the majesty as well as barbarity of the occasions add a different kind of appreciation for sailing and living aboard a sailboat. Sometimes when im racing I imagine what it would be like to not be chasing them to pass, but chasing them to board! Argh!

nolatom 10-25-2013 12:18 PM

Re: Last battle between sailing vessels
 
Did COLREGS apply? or the racing rules? We think not. ;-)

Harborless 10-25-2013 01:05 PM

Re: Last battle between sailing vessels
 
Royal navies (US, Brit, Dutch, French, and Spanish) had certain rules of engagement.

For example: if two ships are approaching the one that is seeking to make aggression can run up another nations colors to pretend to be an ally. They just have to run up their real colors before they fire. Also, it was looked at as cowardice to signal your vessel was in need of asisstance as a ploy to lure an enemy in among just a few of the "rules."

smurphny 10-25-2013 02:04 PM

Re: Last battle between sailing vessels
 
As Aubrey would say, "Get the weather gage."

killarney_sailor 10-25-2013 02:31 PM

Re: Last battle between sailing vessels
 
Actually Aubrey would say, "Get the weather gauge."

smurphny 10-25-2013 03:14 PM

Re: Last battle between sailing vessels
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor (Post 1110544)
Actually Aubrey would say, "Get the weather gauge."

It's spelled either way. "Gage" is a more archaic form that would likely have been used in Aubrey's time.



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