Cutting Out Expeditions

Cutting out expeditions, the use of one or more small boats to take an enemy ship at anchor, are the staple of naval fiction. Some novels, such as Dudley Pope’s Nicholas Ramage novel, Ramage’s Mutiny, revolve around historical incidents. In that case the cutting out of HMS Hermione, pictured above.

We’re going to begin documenting these rather dicey action and in the process demonstrate that reality is often more daring than the imagination of novelists.

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