Ships

Schooner (Royal Yacht)

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 Royal-Yacht Ships A schooner is a type of sailing vessel with fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts, the foremast being shorter than the main and no taller than the mizzen if there is one. Schooners were used to carry cargo in many different environments, from ocean voyages to coastal runs and on large inland bodies of water. Specs:
Tonnes: < 500
Length: 75-150ft
Guns: 6-8
Draft: 2.5m
Crew (min): 10-12
Speed: 13-14knots

Gun-brig, Brig, Cutter, Light Corvette, Ketch

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Brig Ships Brigs were used as small warships carrying about 10 to 18 guns. Due to their speed and maneuverability they were popular among pirates (though they were rare among American and Caribbean pirates). While brigs could not sail into the wind as easily as fore-and-aft–rigged vessels such as schooners, a trait that is common to all square-rigged ships, a skilled brig captain could “manoeuvre it with ease and elegance; a brig could for instance turn around almost on the spot”.
Light corvettes were the 3 masted counterparts to the brigs in the same class.
Ketches shared the same 2 masted design but with the heights reversed.
Specs:
Tonnes: < 450
Length: 75-165ft
Guns: 10-18
Draft: 3m
Crew (min): 12-16
Speed: 11-12knots

Sloop-of-War

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Royal-Yacht Ships In the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, a sloop-of-war in the British Navy was a warship with a single gun deck that carried up to eighteen guns. As the rating system covered all vessels with 20 guns and above, this meant that the term sloop-of-war actually encompassed all the unrated combat vessels including the very small gun-brigs and cutters. In technical terms, even the more specialised bomb vessels and fireships were classed as sloops-of-war, and in practice these were actually employed in the sloop role when not carrying out their specialized functions. Specs:
Tonnes: < 300
Length: 75-100ft
Guns: 10-14
Draft: 2m
Crew (min): 12-16
Speed: 12-13knots

 


Heavy Corvette, Frigate, 6th Rate

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6th_Rate Ships Sixth rate was the designation used by the Royal Navy for small warships mounting between 20 and 24 carriage-mounted guns on a single deck, sometimes with smaller guns on the upper works and sometimes without. It thus encompassed ships with up to 30 guns in all. In the first half of the 18th century the main battery guns were 6-pounders, but by mid-century these were supplanted by 9-pounders. The larger sixth rates were those of 28 guns (including four smaller guns mounted on the quarterdeck) and were classed as frigates. The smaller sixth rates with between 20 and 24 guns, still all ship-rigged and sometimes flush-decked vessels, were generally designated as sloops. Specs:
Tonnes: < 570
Length: 120-140ft
Guns: 20-30
Draft: 4m
Crew (min): 150
Speed: 10-12knots

 


Frigate, 5th Rate

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5th_Rate Ships The fifth rates at the start of the 18th century were small two-deckers, generally either 40-gun ships with a full battery on two decks, or “demi-batterie” ships, carrying a few heavy guns on their lower deck (which often used the rest of the lower deck for row ports) and a full battery of lesser guns on the upper deck. Fifth-rate ships served as fast scouts or independent cruisers and included a variety of gun arrangements.Fifth-rate frigates were considered useful for their combination of maneuverability and firepower, which, in theory, would allow them to outmaneuver an enemy of greater force and run down one of lesser force. It was for this reason that frigates of this sort were commonly used in patrol and to disrupt enemy shipping lanes much as heavy cruisers would later in history. Specs:
Tonnes: <1200
Length: 120-150ft
Guns: 38-44
Draft: 5m
Crew (min): 200
Speed: 9-11knots

 


4th Rate, Heavy Frigate

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4th_Rate Ships A fourth-rate was, in the British Royal Navy during the first half of the 18th century, a ship of the line mounting from 46 up to 60 guns. The American 44-gun frigates ConstitutionUnited States and President were never in operational use armed with fewer than 50 guns including carronades, and were generally seen as equivalent to fourth-rates. The larger British 24-pounder frigates such as the later 1813 Leander and Newcastle, were of similar firepower to those big American 44s. The latter were launched (or razéed – i.e. converted by cutting down by one deck from existing smaller third-rate 74-gun two-deckers) during the last years of the Napoleonic War and the War of 1812 and were classed as fourth-rates in Royal Naval service under the revised rating system. Specs:
Tonnes: <1300
Length: 110-160ft
Guns: 50-60
Draft: 4m
Crew (min): 320
Speed: 9-10knots

3rd Rate

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 3rd_Rate Ships In the British Royal Navy, a third rate was a ship of the line which from the 1720s mounted between 64 and 80 guns, typically built with two gun decks (thus the related term two-decker). Years of experience proved that the third rate ships embodied the best compromise between sailing ability (speed, handling), firepower, and cost. So, while first rates and second rates were both larger and more powerful, the third-rate ships were in a real sense the optimal configuration. This designation became especially common because it included the seventy-four gun ship, which eventually came to be the most popular size of large ship for navies of several different nations. It was an easier ship to handle than a first- or second-rate ship, but still possessed enough firepower to potentially destroy any single opponent other than a three-decker. It was also cheaper to operate. Specs:
Tonnes: <1800
Length: 110-160ft
Guns: 64-80
Draft: 4.5m
Crew (min): 500
Speed: 8-10knots

2nd Rate

Nations Available: Spain, France, England Status: In development
2nd_Rate Ships In the British Royal Navy, a second rate was a ship of the line which by the start of the 18th century mounted 90 to 98 guns on three gun decks; earlier 17th century second rates had fewer guns and were originally two-deckers or had only partially armed third gun decks. The term in no way implied that they were of inferior quality. They were essentially smaller and hence cheaper versions of the three-decker first rates. Like the first rates, they fought in the line of battle, but unlike the first rates, which were considered too valuable to risk in distant stations, the second rates often served also in major overseas stations as flagships. They had a reputation for poor handling and slow sailing. They were popular as Flagships of admirals. Specs:
Tonnes: < 2200
Length: 110-160ft
Guns: 90-98
Draft: 4.75m
Crew (min): 600
Speed: 8-9.5knots

1st Rate

Nations Available: Spain, France, England Status: 1 Active
1st_Rate Ships Ships of this size were also extremely expensive to operate. As a result, the few first rates (the Royal Navy had only five completed in 1794), were typically reserved as commanding admirals’ flagships. With first rates being the most powerful ships of the navy, it was common to compare them with the navies of other nations. Due to their unique importance as prestige warships, only a small number of first rates could be built and maintained at any one time.
The term “first-rate” has passed into general usage as an adjective used to mean “exceptionally good”, deriving from the original ships as powerful and prestigious ships
Specs:
Tonnes: < 2500
Length: 110-160ft
Guns: 100+
Draft: 5m
Crew (min): 700
Speed: 7-8.5knots