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Date Posted: 19:52:49 08/02/16 Tue
Author: Chuck
Subject: Re: Actual # of guns carried by de Bruey's fleet at the Nile
In reply to: Albert Parker 's message, "Re: Actual # of guns carried by de Bruey's fleet at the Nile" on 08:58:59 08/02/16 Tue

>This message came in just before I took my Demerliac
>collection to the bindery. Data here are from Alain
>Demerliac, La Marine de la Révolution:
>Nomenclature des navires français de 1792 à 1799.

>The same data, or perhaps more accurate data, should
>be available in the directory of French warships by
>Rif Winfield and Stephen Roberts, published by
>Seaforth Publishing (I'm waiting for the pre-1786
>volume to come out; so far, only the post-1786 volume
>has been issued).
>
>Like the British, the French had begun installing
>carronades in addition to the original armament
>without formally changing the designation based on gun
>count. These, called "obusiers" by the French and not
>exactly like the British carronades, are designated
>below by "c." "Perriers" were 1- or ½-pounder
>anti-personnel weapons that the French often installed
>in their tops; weights are not given; designated by
>"p" below.
>
>Guerrier: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8 = 74
>Conquérant, "Armement allégé en 1798": 28 × 18, 30 ×
>12, 16 × 8 = 74 [nonstandard light armament on this
>old ship built in 1765]
>Spartiate: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8, 4 × 36c = 78
>Aquilon: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8, 6 × 36c = 80
>Peuple Soverain: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8, 4 × 36c =
>78
>Franklin: 30 × 36, 32 × 24, 28 × 12 = 90 despite the
>designation as an "80"
>Orient: 32 × 36, 34 × 24, 20 × 8, 6 × 36c = 126 [sic;
>he must have omitted 34 × 12 on the upper gun deck, as
>on États de Bourgogne/Côte d'Or/Montagne/Peuple/Océan]
>Tonnant: 30 × 36, 32 × 24, 18× 12, 4 × 36c = 84, + 4p
>Heureux: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8, 4 × 36c = 78
>Mercure: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8, 4 × 36c = 78, + 4p
>Guillaume Tell: 30 × 36, 32 × 24, 28 × 12 = 90
>despite the designation as an "80"
>Généreux: 28 × 36, 30 × 24, 16 × 8, 4 × 36c = 78
>[note 24's vice 18's on upper deck]
>Timoléon: 28 × 36, 30 × 18, 16 × 8, 4 × 36c = 78, + 4p

Thanks Albert!

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