A system of categorization used by the
British Royal Navy to classify ships in order of their effectiveness in line of battle based primarily on their number of guns from the late 17th century until the beginning of the 19th.
Ship of the Line and Frigate for more information.
Rating system, 18th century Edit
Examples in PotBS
Ship of the Line
100 or more
'Invincible' First Rate, 'Prince' First Rate, 'Indomitable' First Rate, 'Victory' First Rate and 'Sovereign' First Rate.
82 to 98
'Trinity' Second Rate, 'Triumphant' Second Rate, 'Formidable' Second Rate, 'Sceptre' Second Rate and 'Terror' Pirate Second Rate.
62 to 80
'Valiant' Third Rate, 'Centurion' Third Rate, 'Lion' Third Rate, 'Wenden' Third Rate and 'Treason' Pirate Flagship.
42 to 60
'Assistance' Fourth Rate, 'Trydent' Fourth Rate, 'Alexander' Fourth Rate, 'Mordaunt' Fourth Rate, 'Macedon' Hunter's Fourth Rate, 'Reason' Naval Fourth Rate, 'San Fernando' Fourth Rate, 'Santa Rosa' Privateer Fourth Rate, 'Poseidon' Fourth Rate and 'Hyperion' Refit Frigate.
'Abaddon's Will' Refit Galleon, 'Bahamut' Refit Bark, 'Concorde' Frigate, 'Couronne' Galleon, 'Marauder' Pirate Ship, 'Oliphant' Indiaman and San Mateo Galleon.
30 to 40
'Crocodile' Frigate, 'Cutlass' Frigate, 'Conquistador' Frigate, 'Myrmidon' Frigate, 'Hunter Frigate', 'Santa Rita' Frigate, 'Defiant' Frigate, 'Deliverance' Frigate, 'Eagle' Frigate, 'Shark' Frigate, 'Viper' Frigate, 'Raa' Frigate, 'Assurance' Frigate, 'Atalanta' Frigate, 'Capricieux' Frigate, 'Rover' Frigate, 'Tigre' Frigate, 'Minerva' Frigate, 'Vengeance' Privateer Frigate, 'Adventure' Frigate, 'Hades' Frigate, 'Hercules' Frigate, 'Hector' Frigate, 'Mars' Frigate, 'Unity' Frigate and 'Vulcan' Frigate.
20 to 28
'Postillionen' Frigate, 'Cerberus' Frigate, 'Athena' Frigate, 'Hawk' Frigate, 'Wolf' Frigate, 'Peregrine' Frigate and 'Stralsund' Frigate.
'Agamemnon' Bark, 'Arcadia' Xebec, 'Batavia' Flute, 'Leviathan' Bark, 'Mignone' Indiaman, 'Reaper's Grasp' Refit Bark, 'Sampson' Flute, 'Sultan' Flute and 'Wager' Indiaman.
14 to 18
Algiers' Refit Polacre, 'Corsair' Xebec, 'Cruizer' Snow, 'Curieuse' Snow, 'Dromedary' Indiaman, 'Fallen' Refit Snow, 'Hermes' Packet-Boat, 'Lexington' Brig, 'Locust' Corvette, 'Mystique' Polacre, 'Nemea' Sloop-of-war and 'Santiago' Galleon.
Gun-brig or Cutter
6 to 12
All other ships. Particular low-level (1-15), trading (stripped versions) and/or non-combat ships.
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