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tshryock Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Nov 2017 4:36 p.m. PST

Broke out the 1/2000 ships for the first time for a small battle. I had no idea what I was doing other than having fun.

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JimDuncanUK18 Nov 2017 5:56 a.m. PST

Good for you to have a go at the period.

It is my understanding that small ships, frigates and smaller did not fire at ships of the line (64s and larger) on the understanding that ships of the line did not fire at the smaller ships.

I'm sure that more knowledgeable TMP'ers will comment soon enough.

Charlie 1218 Nov 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

It is my understanding that small ships, frigates and smaller did not fire at ships of the line (64s and larger) on the understanding that ships of the line did not fire at the smaller ships.

That's generally true. During the Age of Sail it was frowned upon for ship-of-the-line to fire on frigates and below if they had not been provoked. And frigates and below did not usually fire on 'liners', although this is more out of a sense of survival than anything else. The massive firepower of any 'liner' could easily cripple any frigate while the frigates response would have been negligible, at best.

That said, there are many examples of frigates taking on ships-of-the-line, and vice-a-versa. (HMS Mars vs a French frigate squadron, HMS Penelope vs Guillaume Tell to name two).

SgtPrylo20 Nov 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

Charlie 12 has it right. At the Nile, the SÚrieuse (32) fired on HMS Orion (74). It's commonly held that the Orion returned the favor and sank the French frigate.

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