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latter, indeed, mounted 50 guns. There would be an end to all useful classification, if such instances were not considered as accidental exceptions to the general rule.
"Take away the Naiad and Phaëton, and two foreign-built ships, the Alceste and Madagascar, and, between any two of the remaining 34 frigates, no greater difference of size can be found than 39 tons. Nor does that occur in more than one instance. Generally, the ships do not disagree in size beyond 15 tons.
* Of these three ships, the only one officially classed as a 44 is the Andromache. The remaining two, the Pique and Unité, class as 42s. The latter certainly appears not to have mounted more than 42 guns; (26 Gover's 24s on the main deck;) but, being the largest ship of the three, the Unité can as well mount 44 guns as the Andromache herself, when named the Princess-Charlotte, did 46, and the Pique the same. Such was the official oversight as to the latter ship's proper classification, that, in the old rating, she ranked only as a 32, from the time of her capture in 1800 until the 9th of April 1813, when an admiralty-order promoted the Pique to a 36, and this without at all augmenting her force, that already exceeding the establishment of her new class. Were these three ships to be transferred to the class next below them, the average difference in size between the 37 cruisers of the latter and them would be as much as 95 tons. Moreover, the 44 is a class that will soon disappear from the list.
* The Eurydice and Ganymede. The first, of 521 tons, from mounting on her quarterdeck two more 18-pounder carronades than established upon the 32-gun class, officially ranks as a 34. The second ship, of 601 tons, with more reason, (though mounting, like all these ships, but 22 guns on the main deck,) classed also, for a while, as a 34. Subsequently, the Ganymede registered (by mistake, as it would appear) as a 26 ; and thus the Eurydice was left as the only 34-gun ship in the british navy. In point of size, the Eurydice is rather exceeded by each of the three ships, with whom she and the Ganymede are here associated. Upon the whole, these two ships cannot, with any regard to consistency or practical utility, be classed any where else than where I have ventured to place them.
NOTEs to ABSTRACT, No. 26.
* These six ships, the Formidable, Monarch, Powerful, Thunderer, Vengeance, and Ganges, (since built at Bombay, of teak, and with a circular stern,) are from the draught of the Canopus, late Franklin, captured at the battle of the Nile, and are constructing with diagonal frames.
0 * These five ships, the Chichester, Lancaster, Portland, Southampton, and Winchester, constructed with diagonal frames and circular sterns, agree in dimensions with the Java, except in being four inches broader.
NOTES TO ABSTRACT, No. 27.
* An improvement upon the old quarterdecked (R) ship-sloop class, and established with twenty 32-pounder carronades on the main deck, and six 18-pounder carronades with two long sixes upon the quarterdeck and forecastle. One of them, the Niemen, was built of Baltic fir; and the single ship of this class, in the “Building" column of No. 26 Abstract, the Atholl, was constructing of larch, cut from the estate of the duke of Atholl.
* Surprising, indeed, that the navy-board should continue adding new individuals, by dozens at a time, (see the preceding abstracts,) to this worthless class.
There should have been a reference marked at the two “ ordered " ships of class Q. One of them was named the President, built from the draught of the american frigate of that name. The other was the Worcester, similar to those noticed at the bottom of the preceding page.
NOTES TO ABSTRACT, No. 28.
* The Royal-George (first named Neptune) and St.-George : the latter building at Plymouth, and the former at Chatham, upon the lines of the Caledonia, without, we believe, the alteration that had been adopted in the case of the Nelson. See p. 625.
* The Ocean. This ship was intended to be of the same dimensions as the Dreadnought, Téméraire, and Neptune, that averaged 2121 tons, but her draught was extended so as to make her 2276 tons. However, the plan was not found to answer; and, having failed as a 110, the Ocean is now to try her success as an 80.
* (misprinted ".) The Hastings, built in India of teak, and purchased by the british government. The first instance, we believe, of the kind, except in the smaller classes.
LIST OF PERSONS, NAMED IN THE WORK;
Alexander, mid. J., iv. (1807) 456, v. (1808)
—, capt. T., v. (1808) 5, vi. (1812)
Ali-Pacha, ii. (1798) 276.
Allary, capt. J., i. (1794) 182, iii. (1801)
Allègre, lieut. A., v. (1809) 246.