Fourth Rate Ship of the Line (ETW unit)

Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
Fourth Rate
Faction: France Great Britain United States
Range: 500 500 500 500
Accuracy: 40 50 40 40
Reloading skill: 15 15 30 25
Hull strength: 3978 4068 4152 4152
Speed: 14 15 14 14
Maneuverability: Low Low Low Low
Morale: 9 9 10 10
Turns to build: 3 3 3 3
Recruitment cost: 1820 1920 1850 1770
Upkeep cost: 450 480 460 440
Building (minimum level)
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The fourth rate is the smallest vessel styled a “ship of the line” (of battle), carrying as many as 60 guns.

Ships of the line of battle are the mainstay of fighting fleets: strong and stable gun platforms for battering enemy vessels into submission. The designation of “fourth rate” for ships of this size is a British Royal Navy one, and covers a number of designs, all with very similar handling and combat power. All fourth rates are square-rigged, two-deck ships, with up to 60 guns on board in a mixture of calibres: usually a mixture of 24-, 18- and 12-pounders, with the heavier guns mounted on the lower deck.

Even though fourth rates are obviously smaller than the third-rate 74s, their firepower is much lower than a simple number-of-guns comparison would indicate. There is no structural strength or space for coping with the recoil of massive guns. As a result, a fourth rate may only have half the weight of fire of a larger ship, although partially it makes up for this by being a handier sailing vessel, especially in shallow waters.

Historically, it was obvious by the 1750s that ships of this size were not tough enough to stand in the line of battle against larger vessels. Over time, various admiralties removed these smaller battle ships from the active service, or sent them to minor stations where they were unlikely to encounter powerful enemies. Some survived as converted transports.

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Available for:

Austria France Great Britain Maratha Confederacy Ottoman Empire Poland-Lithuania
Prussia Russia Spain Sweden United Provinces United States

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