The Acasta, in company with HMS Ramillies and Dotterel, was sent out from the Royal Navy Dockyard at Bermuda in search of an American Frigate that is reported to be in the area. We have been on the lookout for several days.
Today, the Ramillies came within sight and was flying her signal flags. Fetch your copy of Popham's Signal Book and translate that signal stright away! Be sure to post your results in the comment area below.
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Telegraphic, 249, 784, 546, 766, 177, 1770, message ends.
Enemy/ies ship/s not see/ing/n/saw continue/ing/ued/uation search/ed/ing.
Enemy ships not seen. Continuing search.
I concur with Mr. Sharpie, although I would state the second part in the imperative, given that Ramillies (74), Sir Thomas Hardy commanding, is the larger ship.Delete
Enemy ships not see. Continue search.
Make that "Enemy ships not seen. Continue search." Someone's thumb must have been on my slate. :-)Delete