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  1. Intercept

    The heavy frigate HMS Venus was sailing along the northern coast of Harjumaa of Estland or Eesti as the locals called it. That coast had been part of Russia for 60 years, but few in Sweden really called it Russia and neither did any living there. The frigate had visited a very small fishing village and traded with the inhabitants. Talking to them had at first been hard as Johan Puke, Captain of HMS Venus didn't speak Finnish very well but the newly promoted högbåtsman Brita Hagberg spoke it very ...

    Updated 03-21-2017 at 15:28 by TexaS

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  2. The structure of the Royal Navy.

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    I hope this helps to answer some of the oft asked questions about the organization of the Royal Navy shipmates.


    Royal Navy ranks, rates, and uniforms of the 18th and 19th centuries.

    These were the original effort of the Royal Navy to create standardized rank and insignia system for use both at shore and at sea. The uniforms and insignia first created in the mid-1700s, lasting until the mid-1850s, have since become immortalized in such classic naval literature works
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  3. Fireships.

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    List of fireships of the Royal Navy.


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    Fireships served in the Royal Navy over a period of several centuries. The earliest fireships – ships filled with combustible and flammable materials and explosives and sent into lines of enemy ships to attempt to set them on fire – were small merchant vessels deployed in large fleet actions, such as by Sir Francis Drake against the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Gravelines in 1588.
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  4. Bomb Ketches.

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    Bomb Ketches.

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    Development.

    The first recorded deployment of bomb vessels by the English was for the Siege of Calais in 1347 when Edward III deployed single deck ships with bombardes and other artillery. The first specialised bomb vessels were built towards the end of the 17th century, based on the designs of Bernard Renau d'Eliçagaray, and used by the French Navy. They were first called galiote à bombe (a word derived
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  5. Depictions of the ships behind the SoG-miniatures

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    Océan / Montagne.


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    Océan was a 118-gun first-rate three-decker ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of her class. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from the Estates of Bourgogne.

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    She was ordered as États de Bourgogne and was launched at
    Brest in 1790. Like many French ships of the line during the Revolutionary period, she was renamed
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