mtaylor Posted October 8, 2014 Share #1 Posted October 8, 2014 First, some background: The ship was built in 1755 and had a major repair/rebuild at some point. It's listed as an 8-pdr frigate. The NMM plans call it a 32 gun ship. However, the NMM plans also have some inconsistencies in that they show the quarterdeck with the temporary roundhouses (as captured) and there's some illegible notes relating to modifications and armament and some faded areas on the drawings that I'm not seeing what's there very clearly. Hahn's drawings do agree with the NMM drawings but he apparently used the wrong reference for rigging but that's another story. My first problem is this. The first port, is 2 feet square. All the other gunports are 2 feet, 4 inches square. The forward port is on the fore side of the fireplaces and somewhat isolated by them and the anchor bitts. There is room for a French long 8-pdr to handle the recoil/reload. The framing part of the Hahn plans at the first port is obscured by a tapeover so I can't see what he did though the side drawings show the ports and agree with the NMM as to size. I'm wondering (musing?)... would the first port have been filled? Could she actually have been a 30 gun even though the British rated her as a 32 gun with 9-pdrs? It just seems strange that this port is smaller than the rest. And my second problem... There's a suspicion in my mind that the British did away with the watchkeeper's bench from in front of the companionway which was common on French ships and added a grating but that is pure speculation on my part since there is no other logical place for the bench which is not shown on the NMM drawings. I'm guessing it's possible that the bench could have sat on the grating...? I'm open to any thoughts on these as I'm hitting the proverbial brick wall. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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