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    Book Title:
    The 50 - Gun Ship
    Author:
    Rif Winfield
    ISBN:
    1 84067 3656
    Category:
    History
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    Hardback
    Summary:
    This book covers the period from the early 1600's to the end of the Napoleonic Wars on a size of ship that that eventually fit between the cracks of the Royal Navy. As with all his books Rif Winfield has researched every aspect of the subject from the politics of the Admiralty and Navy Boards of the time to the details of construction, armament, masting and rigging, man-power and funding. Not a light read.

    Very detailed history of 50-gun ships. HMS Leopard featured throughout and also as the pull out ship plans that are tucked into the back cover in an additional pocket. If you're into technical illustrations and detailed facts on this size ship there is no better resource.
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    Thanks for posting - an often neglected ship rating!

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    My wife says she just picked up this book from our post office. Can't wait to get home and start reading it!

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    Thanks Paul. I am interested in frigates in general. This will be one to order.

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    It would have been interesting to see how the 50-gun Leopard would have faired if it had taken on an American 44 instead of Chesapeake and with a bolder captain than Barron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coog View Post
    It would have been interesting to see how the 50-gun Leopard would have faired if it had taken on an American 44 instead of Chesapeake and with a bolder captain than Barron.
    Or William Bainbridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coog View Post
    It would have been interesting to see how the 50-gun Leopard would have faired if it had taken on an American 44 instead of Chesapeake and with a bolder captain than Barron.
    Well, I have only my _WS&IM_ games to go by, but: Assuming the British get a free first shot (the Americans are not looking for a fight, but are better-prepared than that idiot Barron was; so the Brits get one broadside off before the Americans can start firing), it's a close-run match; unless the British completely whiff that opener, they usually do well. (The victory conditions are a little weird -- the British just want to look for the "deserters"; if they do too much damage, they start a war. The same applies to the US ship -- they're on a diplomatic mission; wiping out a British ship could mean war. So each side is trying to disable the other without inflicting too many crew hits; or worse, blowing up a magazine. This leads to a lot of anti-rigging fire, as each side tries to cripple the other's maneuverability so it can place itself in a position to force a surrender.)

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