British outnumbered by the French

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British outnumbered by the French

Post by MangroveCoast » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:05 pm

What would have happened if a British flag ship Man of War had come up against 3 French naval frigates in 1800?

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Re: British outnumbered by the French

Post by Steve Crandell » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:04 pm

I presume you assuming the British ship is a First Rate? Under normal circumstances, I believe the French would have run away. It would be very difficult to coordinate frigate attacks on a ship of the line in such a way as not to get one isolated on the former at some point, and wrecked in a few minutes firing.

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