Ligatorswe Posted March 26, 2019 Share Posted March 26, 2019 In many navies the 4th rates served as ships of the line. The British kept 4th rates ships as shipf of the line until 1756 but other, smaller nations kept 4th rates as ships of the line. The upcoming Rättvisan was called "linjeskepp" in Sweden and served in battles against russian ship of the lines in the same class. When Rättvisan later became a russian ship it continued to serve as a ship of the line, for example in the Battle of the dardanells 1807. Chapman gave the 60-64 gun ships very heavy guns, so they could compete with 2nd and 3rd rates. That was how the Swedes did it. Similar things was done by the Russians. The 4th rates had an advantage when the weather was more stormy and the 2nd or 3rd rates could not use their lowest gun deck. I find this quite interesting. Do anyone know if the french navy used 4th rates as ships of the line, or notT (I DONT want any wining about the recent DLC, this is a post about naval history) 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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