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Edwulf Inactive Member03 Mar 2018 7:09 p.m. PST

How much ammunition and powder would a 74 be stocked with?

Edwulf Inactive Member03 Mar 2018 7:09 p.m. PST

How much ammunition and powder would a 74 be stocked with?

goragrad03 Mar 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

According to 'The Frigates' in a description an action involving a French 74 – 4000 roundshot.

Powder was not given.

rmaker03 Mar 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

Assuming an average shot weight of 24# and charges of 1/3 the weight of the shot, that would yield 32000#, with maybe a bit over for saluting, etc.

Sergeant Paper04 Mar 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

Onboard HMS Bellona (74) 19 April, 1760:
Guns:
Lower deck 32-pounders, 28
Upper deck 18-pounders, 28
Quarterdeck and forecastle 9-pounders, 18

Powder 353 barrels
Shot 32-pounders, 1680
18-pounders, 1960
9-pounders, 1260

Grape shot 32-pounders, 140
18-pounders, 196
9-pounders, 94

Double-headed 32-pounders, 84
18-pounders, 84
9-pounders,54

From Lavery, Brian. The Anatomy of the Ship: The 74-gun ship Bellona

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2018 4:47 p.m. PST

The Seventy-Four Gun Ship Vol II by Jean Boudriot states a 74 carried 43,000 pounds of powder.

The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War 1600-1815 by Brian Lavery lists the following for a 74 gun ship in the 1780s:

2800 ball
166 grape
84 double-shot
115 langrel (or langridge)
173 cannister

Edwulf Inactive Member11 Mar 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

Great. Thanks.

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