Table 1 - 3

 

Table 1: Strength of the British Navy

                                                1775                            1783

1st Rate                                       4                                     5

2nd Rate                                      17                                  20

3rd Rate                                      99                                141

4th Rate                                      23                                  31

5th Rate                                      42                                102

6th Rate                                      44                                  60

Sloops, Bombs, Fireships             41                                106

 

 

Table 2: Ship rating system (1757-1792)

Rate                 Number of Guns

1st                            100+

2nd                           84-98

3rd                           64-80

4th                           50-60

5th  (Frigates)           32-44

6th  (Frigates)           20-30

Sloop                       8-18

Bombs             Ships specially built to carry one or two large mortars.  The name comes from the projectile the mortar throws.

Fireships           Ships specially built or rebuilt to be set on fire and set to drift into an enemy fleet.

 

 

Table 3: Major European ships committed to action in North American waters

                        Britain                          France              Spain                Holland

1st Rate                3                                       6                     2                       0

2nd Rate               14                                     2                     2                       0

3rd Rate               96                                    82                   67                     19

4th Rate               22                                    10                    6                      23

 

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