In the Age of Piracy, the term referred to ships which were as long as a ship of the line and were square-rigged on all three masts (full rigged), but were faster and with lighter armament. A ship could not be considered a frigate unless it had a single gundeck and either a forcastle and quarterdeck above, or a full topdeck over it. Larger ships with over one gundeck can be considered Great Frigates. Frigate was originally a long, narrow nautical vessel used on the Mediterranean Sea, propelled by either oars or sail or both. Later, during the 17th and early 18th century, the term was applied to a very fast vessel carrying 24 to 44 guns on a single flush gun deck. Frigates were employed by the European naval powers in large numbers as commerce raiders and for blockade duty but also for patrolling and escort.
Frigates were rated into two classes: fifth and sixth rates, with the very occasional fourth. Sixth rates carried 20-28 cannons, and fifth rates carried 32-44 cannons. Fourth rates (carrying 50-60 cannons) could be considered frigates if they had only one gundeck instead of two.
- HMS Providence
- HMS Comet
- HMS Raven
- HMS Resistance
- HMS Rose
- HMS Hyena
- Queen Anne's Revenge
- Black Harbinger
- Death Omen
- King George's Amnesty
- Storm Reaper
- Pirates of the Caribbean (game) (First appearance)
- Jack Sparrow: The Age of Bronze
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Isles of War
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Breakout! (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide
Notes and references
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization), p55.
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p30-31: "Queen Anne's Revenge"
- ↑ The Price of Freedom