The Trincomalee is a 5th rate frigate of 46 guns, she is the second largest frigate after the Constitution. She is well loved for her 4 bow chasers and her speed and firepower and she is well known for her atrocious heel as well.
The Trincomalee can mount 18pd cannons on her gun deck or she can mount 32pd carronades. On her weather deck the Trincomalee can mount either 9pd cannons or 32pd carronades, she carries the same armament for her bow chasers.
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The Trincomalee is a fast ship, she is one of the fastest frigates in the game which makes her excellent for hunting down other ships. This speed comes at a price as she has quite a bad heel and sails poorly close hauled; however the armament on the Trincomalee is excellent.
Here is the Sailing Profile of the Trincomalee. She is not a strong sailer and suffers badly when trying to sail upwind. Sailing more upwind than a beam reach sees a rapid decrease in speed; maximum speed is limited to half already roughly by point 60, and trying to sail anything sharper than at 30 points will see the Trincomalee completely lose way. Her preferred points of sail are between roughly points 135-145. Captains sailing the Trincomalee ought do their upmost to avoid having to point the helm more upwind than a beam reach and endeavour to keep the wind on their quarter in order to sail the Trincomalee satisfactorily.
HMS Trincomalee is a Leda class frigate of 38 guns (classed as 46 as carronades were counted in armament from 1817), one of two surviving Leda class frigates, the other being HMS Unicorn. The Leda class frigates were based on the French Hebe class frigate. The Leda class frigates(and thus the Trincomalee) were fast ships, reaching 13 knots sailing broad reach and the frigates liked a stiff gale. The frigates however were known to not be weatherly and also to have excessive pitching in heavy seas. The frigates also had poor storage capacity but that was improved later by the introduction of iron fresh water tanks.
After being ordered on 30 October 1812, Trincomalee was built in Bombay, India by the Wadia family of shipwrights in teak, due to oak shortages in Britain as a result of shipbuilding drives for the Napoleonic Wars. The ship was named Trincomalee after the 1782 Battle of Trincomalee off the Ceylon (Sri Lanka) port of that name. With a construction cost of £23,000, Trincomalee was launched on 12 October 1817. Soon after completion she was sailed to Portsmouth Dockyard where she arrived on 30 April 1819, with a journey costing £6,600. During the maiden voyage the ship arrived at Saint Helena on 24 January 1819 where she stayed for 6 days, leaving with an additional passenger, a surgeon who had attended Napoleon at Longwood House on the island, Mr John Stokoe. After being fitted out at a further cost of £2,400, Trincomalee was placed in reserve until 1845, when she was re-armed with fewer guns giving greater firepower, had her stern reshaped and was reclassified as a sixth-rate spar-decked corvette. Trincomalee departed from Portsmouth in 1847 and remained in service for ten years, serving on the North American and West Indies station. During her time, she was to help quell riots in Haiti and stop a threatened invasion of Cuba, and serve on anti-slavery patrol. In 1849, she was despatched to Newfoundland and Labrador before being recalled to Britain in 1850. In 1852 she sailed to join the Pacific Squadron on the west coast of America.
Trincomalee finished her Royal Navy service as a training ship, but was placed in reserve again in 1895 and sold for scrap two years later on 19 May 1897. She was then purchased by entrepreneur George Wheatley Cobb, restored, and renamed Foudroyant in honour of HMS Foudroyant, his earlier ship that had been wrecked in 1897. She was used in conjunction with HMS Implacable as an accommodation ship, a training ship, and a holiday ship based in Falmouth then Portsmouth. She remained in service until 1986, after which she was again restored and renamed back to Trincomalee in 1992.
Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, following her recent restoration Trincomalee has become the centrepiece of the historic dockyard museum in Hartlepool. Trincomalee holds the distinction of being the oldest British warship still afloat as HMS Victory, although 52 years her senior, is in dry dock. Until his death in 1929, the Falmouth-based painter Henry Scott Tuke used the ship and its trainees as subject matter.
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