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1808 Anglo-Swedish and Russian Fleets 12

report of the minister of marine, consisted, on the 9th of November, 1807, of 20 new ships of the line carrying 1588 guns, and 14 frigates and corvettes carrying 426 guns, besides brigs and smaller vessels. Among the lire-of-battle ships were three or four three-deckers, and nearly the whole of the others were 74-gun ships. Several of the frigates, also, mounted 50 guns.

The Swedish fleet consisted of 11 or 12 sail of the line and six or seven frigates; not more than half the former in an effective state. The following account of the recommended, if not of the actual, gun-force of Swedish ships of war, is extracted from the work of the celebrated naval architect Chapman: Ships of the line.

 

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs.

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs

First deck

30

48*

30

42

30

42

28

36

26

36

Second deck

32

36

32

30

32

24

30

24

28

24

Third deck

30

24

32

18

     

...

...

 
Qr.deck and forecastle

18

12

...

...

18

12

16

12

12

12

 

110

 

94

 

80

 

74

 

66

 

Frigates.

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs

Guns

Pdrs

Main deck

26

30

26

24

24

18

24

12

22

1'2

Qr.deck and forecastle

18

12

14

8

12

6

8

6

6

4

 

44

 

40

 

36

 

32

 

28

 

Towards the middle or latter end of May the British naval force assembled in the Sound, Great Belt, and Baltic, and which was under the command of Vice-admiral Sir James Saumarez, consisted of the

Gun-ship    
100 Victory Vice-ad. (b.) Sir James Saumarez, Bart., K.B.
Captain George Hope.
Captain Peter Dumaresq.
74 Centaur Rear-ad. (w.) Sir Samuel Hood, K.B.
Captain William Henry Webley.
Superb Rear-ad. (b.) Richard Goodwin Keates.
Captain Samuel Jackson.
Implacable Captain Thomas Byam Martin.
Brunswick Captain Thomas Graves.
Mars Captain William Lukin.
Orion Captain Sir Arch. Collingwood Dickson.
Goliath Captain Peter Puget.
Vanguard Captain Thomas Baker.
64 Dictator Donald Campbell
  Africa John Barrett
Frigates Africaine  
Euryalus  
Salsette  
Tribune  
Tartar  
besides sloops, gun-brigs, &c.  

* For the English caliber of the Swedish pounder caliber of the Swedish see vol. i., p. 41

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