|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Belongs to||Nearly all factions|
|Guns||24 (12 on each side)|
|Range||500 (round shot)/350 (chain shot)/150 (grape shot)|
|Turns to Train||5|
A frigate is a fast and manoeuvrable single-deck vessel, used for reconnaissance and missions in distant waters.
This 24-gun ship is not a ship-of-the-line, and would not last long in combat against such an opponent. Rather than heavy firepower, it is built for speed and easy handling; the guns on board are much lighter than those used by even the smallest battle ship. A frigate is not suited to close combat, its hull and masts would not survive a heavy enemy broadside. Instead, their advantage lies in the long range qualities of their relatively accurate 9-pounder guns, and their manoeuvrability against lumbering ships. They can, quite simply, outmanoeuvre larger opponents, and choose to run if the odds are against them.
Historically, a frigate’s guns were all mounted together on a single deck well above the waterline. Warships often had their guns split between the upper and lower decks, and during rough weather would have to close the lower gun ports to prevent swamping. A frigate had no guns close to the waterline, so was not handicapped by this problem and could deploy all its guns all the time. A frigate was seen as a desirable posting for a young officer, as it offered the chance of prize money and the chance to be noticed as a dashing and brave commander.
Corvettes are small warships, handy to sail, and armed with a small number of 9-pounder guns.
Their size makes them ideal as a “skirmisher” against sloops and brigs, as they have the speed to keep up and the cannon range to do damage. They will not last long, however, against a larger vessel such as a ship-of-the-line: one broadside at close range from a rated ship would likely dash any corvette to pieces.
Corvettes were a two-masted, French design for a ship very similar to a sloop-of-war; slightly smaller than a frigate with only a single gun deck. Like many French vessels, they were well thought out and beautifully constructed, with good sea-handling characteristics. Corvettes were ideal for the inshore waters along the English Channel where good sailing qualities were required. Other nations counted themselves fortunate if they took a French-built corvette as a prize. The term “corvette” was revived by many navies a century later for smaller warships. Indeed, a large number of modern navies use "corvette captain" (Korvettenkapitän, for example, in the Deutsche Marine) as a rank title, one step-up from lieutenant, indicating an officer suitable for an independent command.
24-gun frigates have worse accuracy, reloading, speed and maneuverability than brigs and sloops. However, their hull strength is significantly better. They compare most similarly to brigs, with identical firepower on each port (though, unlike brigs, they lack stern chasers). They aren't a match in fights with heavier ships, and are of little use against them except for low-key harrassment.
24-gun frigates are outclassed by 32-gun frigates, which have more crew and cannon as well as better firepower and hull strength, with no downsides aside from their somewhat higher costs.
Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed). 24-gun Sixth Rates are some of the few British ships that aren't cheaper than their standard counterparts.
|France||70||40||430||21||390 SP/460 MP|
|Great Britain||60||50||450||20||370 SP/430 MP|
|General||60||40||430||20||370 SP/430 MP|
|Napoleon: Total War Ships|
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Sloop|
|Frigates||24-gun Frigate • 32-gun Frigate • 38-gun Frigate • Carronade Frigate • Razee|
|Ships of the Line||106-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 122-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 50-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 64-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 74-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 80-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 86-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 98-gun Second Rate • HMS Elephant • Santissima Trinidad|
|Steam Ships||38-gun Steam Ship • 80-gun Steam Ship • Ironclad • Steam Paddle Frigate|
|Trade Ships||Dhow (Trade Ship) • Indiaman (Trade Ship) • Merchantmen (Trade Ship)|
|Other Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship|