The Fleets of Albion and the Cinque Ports
Notes by Benedict Karlennon
Updated by Marcellus d’Castiglione in 1106
His Gracious Majesty retains two fleets – the Northern Fleet, traditionally sailing out of the Cinque Port of Newcastle but recently transferred to Londinium, and the Southern Fleet, sailing out of the Cinque Port of Southampton. Each fleet has a Commander and each commander reports to the Admiral, who in turn reports to the Lord Marshall of His Majesty’ Armies.
Currently, both Fleets are being held under the direct command of Admiral Marcellus d’Castiglione, Baron Londinium.
Of the Cinque Ports:
There are 5 Cinque Ports, those being Bristol, Southampton, Brighthelm Stane, Londinium and Newcastle. Each has sufficient reserved moorage for a fleet, with the ports of Southampton and Newcastle being capable of holding both fleets simultaneously. If there were cause to support both fleets out of one of the other Cinque Ports, civilian moorage space would have to be commandeered. Each Port has its own Naval warehouses and supplies for the fleets.
The Cinque Port of Bristol exists mainly as a matter of historical note. It was designated as a Cinque Port when Albion was often at war with Cymryja, with Northern Cornwall as disputed territory. Now that the border has stabilised, and Bristol has lost its Ritual Circle, its importance is diminishing.
The Cinque Port of Southampton is home to HM Southern Fleet, and contains shipyards for the care and maintenance of that Fleet. The Yards specialize in the building of Barque Provincals and it is rare nowadays for any vessel larger than these light blockade runners to be built there.
The Cinque Port of Brighthelm Stane is the main supply depot for HM Navies as well as being a trading port in its own right, having its own Ritual Circle and an easily defendable port. A rowdy town, mainly due to the presence of so many soldiers and sailors in close proximity, keeps the Healers of the Monastery of the Chalice busy dealing with the aftermath of the frequent tavern brawls.
The Cinque Port of Londinium holds the main ship building yards of His Majesty’ Navies, with timber being supplied from the Selby Forest. Since Admiral Castiglione took up residence as Baron Londinium, the town has seen its traffic increase with first the transfer of the northern fleet to its quays and then the recent inundation which has resulted in a deepening of the estuary.
The Cinque Port of Newcastle supports HM Northern Fleet.
During late summer 1105 the Royal Council agreed to a request by the Admiralty to revise the reserved mooring arrangements for Newcastle, Londinium and Brighthelm Stane. This has resulted in the establishment of segregated naval areas within these Ports independent of the civilian authorities of the area.
June 1100 A.F.
September 1106 A.F.