The following chronicles the first outing for my 1/1200 Houston Ships collection. If I recall, the rules used were Shipbase and was completely computer moderated by the American fleet commander. In addition to being outclassed by the larger U.S. ships, the Spanish fleet was hampered by poor powder and suspect gunnery. Shipbase modeled all of those inefficiencies into the game.
With the safety of Santiago Harbor in jeopardy after the Spanish defeats at San Juan Hill and El Caney, Admiral Cervera was given the order to steam-up and make a run for open water. Unfortunately for Cervera, the American fleet was blockading Cervera's fleet and awaited just outside the mouth of the harbor. Escape was unlikely. Cervera prepared his Will and letters to family and sent them ashore.
|Spanish fleet exits Santiago Harbor.|
|American fleet lies in wait.|
USS New York and Indiana have yet to join the blockade
|USS Brooklyn prepares to open fire as the Spanish emerge.|
|Destroyers Furor and Ericsson mix it up|
after Gloucester takes a torpedo.
USS New York attempts to catch up to the battle.
|Spanish run for open for open water|
|As Cervera's fleet exits the harbor, |
Oquendo is hit and begins to burn
|Oquendo burns as Cervera races along the coast|
|In a matter of minutes the short running gun battle is over.|
All Spanish capital ships have been either disabled or sunk.
To reduce loss of life, Cervera had his ships run aground.