H *. IT will be here observed, that, although the columns of both the Increase and Decrease compartments are vacant, the grand total of this class differs, by 217 tons, from that of the same class in the preceding year's Abstract. This is because one of the ships, the Prince, was lengthened 11 feet, and thereby became enlarged from 1871 to 2088 tons.
P *. The four purchased vessels of this class had been laid down for Indiamen, and, together with a fifth not yet launched, were purchased of the company by the British government. They chiefly differed from the larger individuals of R, in being constructed with a detached quarterdeck and forecastle, and in having one port fewer of a side on each deck ; so as, from the increased width of the ports, to carry 24 instead of 18 pounders on the first deck.
A *, C', and G". The frigates in the launched columns were all built of fir.
E *, Of 880 tons and upwards.
T *. The purchased ship was the Pylades, which had been driven on shore in Haraldswick bay, Isle of Nest, in the year 1794 (see the British casualty list for that year, vol. i., p. 391), but was afterwards got off, and being deemed irreparably damaged, sold at Leith. The new owners, however, contrived to repair the ship, and in 1796 sold her back to the British government.
* The hired vessels numbered about 74. Of course both the line and the general grand totals of this Abstract, exhibit, when compared with the Corresponding totals in Abstract No. 4, the difference remarked upon and explained at note H*. Thus:
1. Of these sets of figures, 1 is the grand total of Abstract No. 4 ; 2 is the Increase total, and 3 the Decrease total of the present Abstract ; 4, such of the ships in the two launched columns as, having been ordered to be built in 1795, are already included in the totals of Abstract No. 4 : they comprise all but the two cutters at i. The next set of figures, 5, would have been the grand total of Abstract No. 5, but for the Prince's 217 tons, the addition of which gives 6, the true grand total of the Abstract.
Notes to Abstract No. 6.
P *. THE purchased individual of this class, is the ship referred to in the corresponding note to the last Abstract.
X *. The newly-built individual is the Endymion, armed with twenty-six 24-pounders on the main deck. Her draught was copied from that of the Pomone, taken from the French in April, 1794, and she would have measured the same ; but the merchant-builders, from some neglect, suffered
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