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Rate5th Rate
ChasersStern Chasers
Broadside Weight
Cannon Broadside Weight117 pd
Carronade Broadside Weight416 pd
Battle Rating100
Total Crew195
Sailing Crew50
Minimum Crew137
Max Speed12.80 kn
Turn Rate3.82
Bow Armour Hit Points786
Side Armour Hit Points3145
Stern Armour Hit Points315
Structure Hit Points1573
Bow Armour Thickness34 cm
Side Armour Thickness57 cm
Stern Armour Thickness23 cm
Sail Hit Points3145
Mast Thickness103 cm
Rigging TypeSquare
Cargo Capacity379
Cargo Slots16
Crafting Level1

 General Description

Cerberus is a 26 gun light frigate, she is also the first frigate you can fully crew in the game.


She can mount either 9pd cannons or 32pd carronades. Her stern chasers are limited to 4pd cannons or 12pd carronades

Deck Cannon Count Cannon Size Carronade Size
Gun Deck 26 9pd 32pd
Stern Chasers 2 4pd 12pd


Type Hull Rig Rum
Amount 7 7 53


The Cerberus has adequate armour and adequate maneuverability, do note though that the Cerberus is worse in every aspect than her direct competitor(in terms of class) the Renommee. having 26 guns she can be a very good competitor to the earlier ships, however a well captained brig or cutter can defeat a Cerberus due to their high maneuverability vs the Cerberus.


Here is the Sailing Profile for the Cerberus. Compared to many of the larger frigates, and ships of the line in particular, she is relatively forgiving and performs well between points 105 and 150. As with the other square rigged vessels, she performs best sailing at point 140.


HMS Cerberus was ordered on 6 May 1757 from the yards of Pleasant Fenn, East Cowes and was laid down on 13 June 1757. She was launched just over a year later on 5 September 1758.

The frigate was named after Cerberus, the multi-headed dog from Greek mythology that reputedly guarded the doors to Hades. The choice of name followed a trend initiated in 1748 by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, in his capacity as First Lord of the Admiralty, of using figures from classical antiquity as descriptors for naval vessels. A total of six Coventry-class vessels were named in this manner; a further ten were named after geographic features including regions, English or Irish rivers, or towns.

In sailing qualities Cerberus was broadly comparable with French frigates of equivalent size, but with a shorter and sturdier hull and greater weight in her broadside guns. She was also comparatively broad-beamed with ample space for provisions and the ship's mess, and incorporating a large magazine for powder and round shot. Taken together, these characteristics would enable Cerberus to remain at sea for long periods without resupply. She was also built with broad and heavy masts, which balanced the weight of her hull, improved stability in rough weather and made her capable of carrying a greater quantity of sail. The disadvantages of this comparatively heavy design were a decline in maneuverability and slower speed when sailing in light winds.

Her designated complement was 200, comprising two commissioned officers – a captain and a lieutenant – overseeing 40 warrant and petty officers, 91 naval ratings, 38 Marines and 29 servants and other ranks. Among these other ranks were four positions reserved for widow's men – fictitious crew members whose pay was intended to be reallocated to the families of sailors who died at sea.

Cerberus saw action in the American Revolutionary War. One of its first duties was to dispatch generals William Howe, Henry Clinton, and John Burgoyne to Boston after the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The American press likened the three generals to the three-headed dog that was the ship's namesake. It provided naval reinforcement at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The ship was the target of an early torpedo attack by David Bushnell's newly developed powder keg torpedoes in 1777. The attack killed four sailors in a small boat, but did not severely damage the ship.

Cerberus was eventually burnt to prevent being captured by the French on 5 August 1778 during the American War of Independence, in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. The remains of the Cerberus are now part of a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the "Wreck Sites of HMS Cerberus and HMS Lark."

How to get Crafting recipe

The Cerberus is a default crafting recipe which you get at crafting level 1.

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