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Join us as we take an early look at Port Royal, Jamaica. Port Royal is one of the important port locations you'll frequent as a citizen of the British Empire.

The town located at the end of the Palisadoes, at the mouth of Kingston Harbour, in south-eastern Jamaica. Founded in 1494 by the Spanish, it was once the largest city in the Caribbean, functioning as the centre of shipping and commerce in the Caribbean Sea by the latter half of the 17th century.

It was later almost completely destroyed by an earthquake on 7 June 1692. Liquefaction saw much of the town disappear into the water within mere minutes. Since this disaster, the town saw a steady decline as the population of Port Royal moved to the less precariously seated Kingston.

However, Port Royal remained an important port within the West Indies, and it's history as the British "Jamaica Station" until the 1830's.

During Ahoy's period, Port Royal is a bustling port town providing every possible amenity to captains looking to trade and resupply. Not only this, but the defences provided to the town by Fort Charles (commanded by a young Horatio Nelson), maintains an imposing stronghold in the very heart of the West Indies.

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Today we're showcasing the first of Ahoy's fleet of ships - "Veloce". Veloce was developed using the lines of His Majesty's Brig Speedy (1782).

Speedy was a prominent 14-gun brig belonging to the British Royal Navy. Built in the concluding years of the American War of Independence, Speedy boasted a decorated service record during the French Revolutionary Wars.

Emerging from the docks of Dover, Kent, HMS Speedy primarily served along the British coast during the interwar years. Following the ignition of the French Revolutionary Wars, she was transferred to the Mediterranean, spending the majority of her career in these warmer waters. Here, she thrived under a series of accomplished commanders, carving out a remarkable reputation through her involvement in numerous engagements, often triumphing against formidable opposition.

Commander Charles Cunningham, her first Mediterranean captain, earned accolades with multiple squadrons, contributing to the capture of prestigious war prizes such as the French frigates Modeste and Impérieuse. His successor, George Cockburn, commanded admiration through his relentless commitment to duty. However, the reins of HMS Speedy fell into less fortunate hands with Commander George Eyre, who lost her to an overwhelming French force on 9 June 1794.

Speedy's misfortune was short-lived, as she was promptly reclaimed and reinstated under the command of Hugh Downman. From 1795 to 1799, Downman proved his worth by capturing numerous privateers and repelling an assault by the formidable French privateer Papillon on 3 February 1798. Following Downman, Jahleel Brenton took the helm, engaging in numerous battles against Spanish forces off Gibraltar.

The last captain to command HMS Speedy, Lord Cochrane, earned his place in history by forcing the surrender of the significantly larger Spanish frigate El Gamo. However, in 1801, a potent French squadron once again captured HMS Speedy. The following year, Napoleon gifted her to the Papal Navy, where she served for five years under the name San Paolo before being decommissioned around 1806.

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