Gunnery, Frigates and the Line of Battle

By L. G. Carr Laughton, published November 1928


Developments in the practice of naval gunnery between the early 16th century and mid 18th century are discussed, with related changes in tactics leading to the establishment of the line of battle. The importance is emphasised of the change from loading out board to allowing the guns to recoil and loading in board improving crew protection and facilitating loading under fire. Contemporary changes in ship design and construction are also considered with continuing change in the understanding of the term frigate throughout this period from a rather general term for sailing warships in the late 16th century to a more specific description of a single deck cruiser with reduced upper works by the 18th century. This change is related to the tactical shift from boarding to gunnery and development of the line of battle formation.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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