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Date Posted: 19:05:37 12/17/16 Sat
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: Prìncipe Regente
In reply to: Andrea Nardon 's message, "Prìncipe Regente" on 10:29:19 12/17/16 Sat

>Hi at all. I wanna know something about portuguese 3rd
>rate ship "Prìncipe Regente", launched in 1814.
>Particularly about armament.
>Thanks

I have never seen any information about a Portuguese numerical rating system. The British navy classified its ships into "rates" to determine officers' pay. The French navy had "rangs," the Dutch navy had "charters," and the Venetian navy had a system of numbered categories ("first" = 70-gun ships, "second" = 60-gun, "third" = 50-gun). But I've never seen any mention of such a system used for Portuguese ships.

António Marques Esparteiro, Catálogo dos navios brigantinos (1640–1910), has a category of "naus e navetas" that includes vessels called "ships of the line" in English. #158 is Dom João VI, launched on August 24,1816. At the end of the list, there is a note,
"'S. João, Principe Regente' (na carreira)—Nau D. João VI." From the use of the phrase "na carreira" elsewhere, it looks like it means "on the ways," that is, while under construction, before being launched.

Marques Esparteiro, in Três séculos no mar, No. 9 (Part II, vol. 6), p. 41, says the keel of Dom João VI was laid on March 6, 1806 at "Arsenal da Marinha," probably the main navy shipyard at Lisbon.

Dimensions, in meters and in feet according to "Celestino Soares"
Comprimento entre PP 60.00m/182 ft.
Boca na casa mestra 16.85m/48 ft.
Pontal da boca sobre a quilha 14.025m/39 ft.
Tonelagem (toneladas métricas) 3206/—

p. 42:

Armament
30 × 22 pounders [sic; 32-pounders?]
30 × 18 pounders
14 × 32-pounder carronades

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