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By Rif Winfield

The recent Hanoverian dynasty that got here to strength with the accession of George I in 1714 inherited the biggest military on this planet. through the century, this strength could see an enormous volume of motion opposed to approximately each significant military, achieving a top of good fortune within the Seven Years conflict in simple terms to flavor defeat within the American innovative fight, while it confronted the mixed navies of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the rebellious colonies themselves. contemplating the contribution to background of those ships, there's unusually little on hand on their careers. Now this hole is comprehensively stuffed through this remarkable reference booklet, outlining the provider heritage of each send, outfitted, bought or captured, that fought for the Royal military within the nice wars of the eighteenth century - good over 2000 vessels.

The ebook is equipped through cost, type and sophistication, with define technical and development facts, yet via a concise precis of the careers of every send in each type. This comprises commissioning dates, refit classes, alterations of captain, the stations the place they served (and when), in addition to info of any noteworthy activities during which they took part.

It will permit someone to keep on with up an informal connection with any warship, and may give you the researcher with an exceptional middle of knowledge on which to base additional examine. With not anything remotely love it in print, it is a paintings of the maximum significance to each naval historian and basic reader drawn to the army of the crusing period.

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1744. The 1741 Proposed Establishment provided for First Rates to be of the following dimensions; however, no First Rates were ever built to this Establishment. Dimensions & tons (1741 Establishment): 175ft 0in, 142ft 4in x 50ft 0in x 21ft 0in. 1,89269/94 bm. A second ship was ordered to the same draught in 1751; although launched in 1762, the Britannia was not brought into service until 1778. Establishment Dimensions & tons: 178ft 0in, 144ft 6½in x 51ft 0in x 21ft 6in. 1,99970/94 bm. 2,06558/94 bm.

Source: Charles Derrick’s Memoirs of the Rise and Progress of the Royal Navy, London 1806. The First Rates, in fact, served largely as deterrence weapons before about 1778, with the lack of real activity that such a label signifies. The London, as an extreme example, went through two rebuildings between 1697 and her final taking to pieces in 1747, and was only recommissioned for one six-month period in this halfcentury. The standard 42pdr gun at the start of the 18th century was a weapon of 9½ft length.

2 x 32s – Minerva, Sapphire. 3 x 28s – Vengeance, Coventry, Maidstone. Conflans’s fleet – 20 ships of the line of which 1 (#) was taken and 5(*) were sunk or wrecked. le Maréchal de Conflans. Tonnant, 80 – flag of Chef d’Escadre Vice-Am. Le Prince de BeauffremontListenois. St André du Verger. Orient, 80 – flag of Chef d’Escadre Guebriant. 6 x 74s – Intrépide, Glorieux, Thesée*, Héros*, Robuste, Magnifique. 2 x 70s (former 74s) – Juste*, Superbe*. I x 68 – Northumberland. 7 x 64s – Dragon, Sphinx, Solitaire, Brillant, Eveillé, Bizarre, Inflexible.

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