The two Sixth Rate ships of the “Lyme
Class” were built to the draught of a French privateer named Le Tygre
, which had been captured earlier in 1747
. They were initially rated as 24-gun ships, in spite of having four 3pdr guns mounted on the quarterdeck, as well as the twenty-four 9pdr guns forming their primary battery on the upper deck. However in 1756 they were re-classed as 28-gun ships. They are normally seen as the first true sailing frigates to be built for the Royal Navy.
Ships in class
- David Lyon, "The Sailing Navy List", Brasseys Publications, London 1993.
- Rif Winfield, "British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792", Seaforth Publishing, London 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6