Malachi Posted March 5, 2019 Share Posted March 5, 2019 (edited) For what´s probably my last thread in the shipyard for quite some time I want to present one of my favourite little frigates, the Lille Belt-class. Designed by the danish fabrikmester (a post not unlike that of the british surveyor) F.C.H. Hohlenberg at the turn of the 18th century, they were intended to replace the old type of 20- and 24-gun frigates in use in the danish navy at the time. Not a man for conventional concepts, Hohlenberg designed these letfregatter (light frigates) as fully flush-decked and with a full carronade broadside. Unlike some other Hohlenberg frigates, these ships were highly regarded in danish service. For example, Diana´s captain seems to have been very pleased with his command: The frigate Diana carries her sail excellently, is stiff, steers magnificently, rides easily at anchor. The fastest run I've had was 10 to 11 miles during a watch [...]* * slightly above 11 knots over the course of 4 hours Class Overview: Lille Belt and Fylla were taken by the Royal Navy after the 2nd Battle of Copenhagen in 1807. Diana, then escorting a convoy in the Med, could escape the fate of their sisters, but, after Spain declared war on Denmark in 1809, was finally detained in the port of Cartagena in the same year and her crew became prisoners of war. The most well-known ship of the class certainly is Lille Belt/Little Belt, due to her unfortunate encounter with the american 44-gun frigate President and the subsequent diplomatic affair. Plans: Lille Belt, Lines and Profile, 1801 Diana, Inboard Profile, 1803 Lille Belt, Detail of the steering mechanism. The high angle of the tiller probably gave enough space for the use of chase guns. Similar tiller/rail on the modell of the brigg Elben Diana, Cross Section, 1803 Lille Belt, Sail Plan, 1801 Fylla 'as captured', Lines and Profile, 1809 Fylla 'as captured', 1809. Modifications for british service in green Little Belt and President, 1811 The Little Belt, 1819. Unlike Fylla, LB´s transom and quarter galleries were modified according to british practice. Edited April 5, 2019 by Malachi 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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