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  1. Febuary: A Matter of time

    Johan Puke was wearing his big woolen coat with the large collar turned up. He was standing on the quarterdeck of his frigate HMS Venus somewhat protected by the poopdeck from the icy cold wind. Being armed with 26 guns of 24 skålpund and 14 of 6 skålpund giving her a broadside of 354 skålpund (332 lb) she could hit hard, her heavy guns being very powerful, but she was still great at sailing. Her maneauvrability and speed was comparable to much smaller frigates. The design had been made by Fredrik ...

    Updated 07-03-2018 at 02:32 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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