|The British Ships deliver broadsides to the bows of both French ships.|
|Commandant Pierre Deperdeaux of the French Destroyer Pontbriand|
|Captain Wilks of the HML Hertfordshire|
|The French win initiative several times in a row, putting their high speed to good use.|
|The HML Hertfordshire takes heavy damage to its Starboard side.|
|The HML Hertfordshire goes down.|
Edit: After seeing the Leviathans point calculator beta, the French ships are both pointed higher than the British. In the case of the Destroyers, the Pontbriand is considerably more than the Hertfordshire, so hopefully the French superiority wasn't my imagination!
Editor's Note #2- We've since played many more times, and have found the French to not be quite as powerful as we first thought- true they can deliver a beating when they get up close and personal, but we've discovered the British can try to stay at range and have a better chance of survival when they do!