Chapter 30 Notes

In his autobiography, Thomas tells us how he learned in Speedy to concentrate his fire on one spot on the enemy ship. Given that Speedy’s  14 guns were all 4 pounders, firing them all at the same spot would mean it was hit by 28 pounds of shot rather than 4. Of course, the shot would be travelling more slowly than a 30-pounder shot, but nonetheless it would certainly impart a bigger punch.

By having him fire all 16 of Impérieuse’s 18 pounders at the same spot on Le Protée, from a cable length away (600 feet) the resulting damage would be distinctly feasible.