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  1. USS Franklin is technically a two-decker, since her spar deck armament is all carronades. While pure three-deckers always had low freeboard for the main battery, two-decker 74s and 80s were expected to have over 6 feet of freeboard, enabling to fight in rough weather. So the criticism is that Franklin is a Third Rate that is as vulnerable to heavy seas as a First Rate. Of course, she also mounted the same weight of guns on the upper deck as the main deck, which really mitigates this weakness.
  2. Malachi have you ever come across any tables for mast and rigging proportions in Danish service? It would be interesting to compare with a contemporary British frigate.
  3. Never knew Little Belt was Danish. Was she really sailed down by the head? Or could this be the trim at launch?
  4. Actually the Admiralty is probably off to the right side of the canvas, with the Winter Palace in the background.
  5. That is quite clearly the cathedral in the Fortress of Peter and Paul in Saint Petersburg at left. I don't see the Admiralty spire, but it may be hidden in the smoke. The buildings on the embankment look familiar.
  6. Leave it to a former NA player to make better L'Hermione videos than the professional PR team: https://www.youtube.com/user/69buick350/videos?sort=dd&flow=grid&view=0
  7. Because handling topsails + gallants is easier than topsails + courses. Everything is attached to yards, no tacks and sheets to drag around at head height on deck with cannon balls flying around.
  8. Accounts of close actions regularly reference the quarterdecks being swept clean by sharpshooters, and the number of dead officers backs this up. Then there are the tactics of 1600s buccaneers, picking off the crew with muskets exclusively. With a long battle and a lot of barrels, inaccuracy doesn't mean low lethality.
  9. No one needs to be aloft to perform maneuvers. With the possible exception of setting up the breast backstay on the new tack, or shifting the tack of upper staysails, but this can be done at leisure in good weather.
  10. Tacking a 74 gun ship under full sails requires around 40% of the crew. So you can do NA-like maneuvers in action (take a look at diagrams of some famous frigate duels for examples of this), but it will take manpower away from the guns. It would also be very hazardous to set all your sails up to royals, and then not have the men on hand to brace the yards in a timely manner. So it is reasonable for the steady state to require the manpower.
  11. You're exaggerating. Yes, obviously with less canvas set you need fewer men concentrating on sailhandling. They don't need to be 'aloft', but that is the sole inaccuracy in his post. If you need to immediately and simultaneously brace around all thirteen square yards on Constitution (nevermind the gaff mizzen, its topsail, all the staysails and headsails), you will need an awful lot of men queued up on the lines ahead of time. And that is the state of affairs represented by Full Sail in this game, and it's what players expect to do in action. A suitably severe time penalty on sailhan
  12. The Lynx model is definitely the reproduction ship, which differs wildly from the historical vessel. There is essentially no relation. Well, let's call a spade a spade here. Pride's stability was deficient. Yes, there was possibly a microburst, but it does not take an extraordinary event to capsize an overcanvased vessel with loads of tophamper and low freeboard. She could have been knocked over by less. She also could have easily survived the squall that claimed her, had the sailplan and response been different. Just as she had faced bad weather on countless other passages. Likew
  13. Err, you definitely misspoke there. Privateers had a low success rate, but this was mostly down to luck and skill. No privateer was too slow to catch any prizes, or it wouldn't have been fitted out in the first place. If Fame of Salem (neither large nor purpose built) could do it, anyone can: https://schoonerfame.com/fame-the-war-of-1812/ Lynx is definitely too small to be particularly fast. Now that is all highly tendentious. The British and French bought dozens of American schooners into service over several decades. You didn't often see cutters and luggers being tapped for
  14. Poop deck Quarterdeck Upper deck Middle deck Gun deck (2-4 ports only) So that's more like 120 people.
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