One of the most popular frigates in the game, the Belle Poule is considered the best all around 12-pounder frigate. She has a nice balance of speed, maneuverability and firepower.
The Belle Poule being a 12pd frigate can carry 12pd cannons on her gun deck, alternatively she can also carry 32pd carronades on her gun deck. On her weather deck she can carry either 6pd cannons or 24pd carronades. Her stern chasers similarly to the weather deck can either be 6pd cannons or 24pd carronades
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The Belle Poule is largely equivalent to the generic Frigate, having the same number of crew and guns, except the generic Frigate can carry 18-pounder guns on her lower deck One would think that this would be a major weakness, but the Belle Poule has more structure than the frigate does. Her hull shape, similar to the Renommee, makes shots seem to ricochet more off of her hull. The Belle Poule also seems to be one of the easiest frigates to sail, as she seems to be very forgiving while tacking.
Here is the Sailing Profile of the Belle Poule. She sails much like the Frigate; sluggishly, with a poor turn rate and a narrow sailing preference between points 135 and 150. Similar to the other frigates, the Belle Poule will lose speed but perform somewhat decently on a beam reach but sailing upwind is punished with a rapid loss of way.
A flaw with her is that she does not have bow chasers, thus making her less effective in trying to chase down an enemy in the battle instance.
HMS Belle Poule was a Royal Navy, re-rated 38-gun fifth-rate frigate, formerly Belle Poule, a 40-gun Virginie-class frigate of the French Navy, which was built by the Crucy family's shipyard at Basse-Indre to a design by Jacques-Noël Sané. She was launched on 17 April 1802, and saw active service in the East, but in 1806 a British squadron under Sir John Borlase Warren captured her off La Palma in the Canary Islands. The Admiralty commissioned her into the Royal Navy as HMS Belle Poule. 1815 she was converted into a prision hulk and was sold in 1816 for ₤2700.
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