Reply To: Speed in 18th century (merchant, cutter, East Indiaman, naval brig)

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Frank Scott
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    Length to beam ratio is not the be all & end all. By the way the United States performance improved post 1812 according to Carney, and keel damage cannot have been that serious or it would not have lasted so long in service. Indeed the problem that Carney & others highlight is that the United States was too tender, and that would have had nothing to do with the condition of the keel.
    USS President was reckoned the best performing of the three, but she was caught & crippled by HMS Endymion in 1815, leading to her capture. Andrew Lambert ‘The Challenge’ has an excellent account of this encounter.