My plan was to try and mine the eastern (righthand channel) first and then try to mine the other one. I therefore sent the the two cruisers towards the western channel at a leisurely pace, hoping to draw part of the Russian force in that direction. Once the enemy were committed to the western channel, the cruisers were to increase speed and move towards the eastern channel to support operations there.
|The Japanese squadron heads towards the straits|
The two destroyer flotillas quickly closed the range and opened fire on each other, the Japanese got slightly the worse of the exchanges and I foolishly decided to pull my destroyers back to preserve their torpedo capability (if a destroyer suffers too much damage it cannot launch torpedoes). This opened the door for Steve, who promptly pressed home an attack on my leading battleship, the Mikasa. The Borodino had already engaged the Mikasa at long range and a 'lucky' shot had knocked out the gunnery control, reducing the effectiveness of the Japanese ship's salvoes. Now, with every gun that could bear the Mikasa was trying to sink the attacking destroyers. One was driven off, badly disabled, but the other managed to fire a torpedo and this hit its target causing substantial damage.
|The torpedo attack on the Mikasa|
|The destroyer flotillas engage|