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Michael Leek
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    Further to my post above, it occurred to me that the concept of ‘distances between centres’ was not one that was widely applied in the design of sailing warships, but is a relatively more recent concept more usually applied in engineering (and in steel ship construction). What may be a more relevant question would be about the distances/spacing between the sides/edges of gun ports, and were there Establishment rules that determined such spacing vis-a-vis size of canon carried? If my interpretation in my previous post is correct, then the question becomes almost irrelevant!

    What I probably now need to do is an assessment of the maximum gun carriage widths, including wheels, of different canon carried by the RN to see how much space they took relative to gun port spacing. Yet this poses another question on the same theme: were there minimum distances laid down between gun carriages of the same size for different Rates?