|Situation shortly after 0700 hours. It seems the
Hydra had already sighted Mesudiye.
|Opening salvos. Both score hits.
Hydra's forward batteries are much
more powerful than Mesudiye's.
|Superb Turcowaz gunnery inflicts heavy damage
- Northeast by North
- Northeast by East
- Southeast by East
- Southeast by South
- Southwest by South
- Southwest by West
- Northwest by West
- Northwest by North
Just then two 10.8-inch shells slammed into the Mesudiye. Might escape yet be denied? Mesuhiye was not yet so damaged as to force Ubama to abandon her drive towards the Dardanelles. That escape could not be prevented by now anyway - provided the ship could still swim. Disaster was still possible - even likely...
A return hit from one of her casemate guns decided the matter. In addition to the damage already incurred, it was enough to persuade Hydra's ship captain that to press the matter further might be to push her luck too far.
|Hydra levels up the damage (8 each);
but Mesudieh is wanting some 'secondary' dice...
|Hydra abandons the action, and very nearly
runs ashore (I cheated a bit there to prevent it!)
|Situation at the close of action, Mesudiye fairly
within the Dardanelles Strait itself.
I am also wondering whether the '6' hits might lead to something more specific in the way of damage - say to armament, steering, motive power, magazines or control. Something to think about for single ship duels, anyhow...